Steve Smith’s Australian team has been written off by almost anyone who is looking forward to the Border-Gavaskar series which starts with the first Test in Pune on Thursday. While some former cricketers are predicting India to whitewash the Aussies in the four-match series, there are a few others who think the visitors might be able to compete hard and avoid a 0-4 loss. (Australia will lose 0-3 if they play well vs India: Harbhajan Singh)CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly is among those who feels this Australian side doesn’t stand a chance against Virat Kohli’s team and that the hosts will be able to complete a series whitewash and conclude their home season with 12 wins from 13 Tests. (Australia will come hard at Virat Kohli in first Test: Ganguly to India Today)The Cricket Association of Bengal president made a valid point on Wednesday saying that the main challenge for the Australian team will be to control the slide after they lose the first Test in Pune. (India ready with their bag of tricks for Smith’s Australia)”The challenge for Australia will not be to survive in this Test match because we are absolutely sure that the pitch is going to turn big as the match progresses. For them the challenge will be how to control that slide after they lose that first Test match. You saw against England, they played well in the first match lost the second and since then it was a one-way traffic. They got big runs on the board because there were good pitches but Day 4-5 they didn’t know how to resist,” Ganguly told India Today in an exclusive chat. (India keen to take down Australia for perfect end to season)advertisement”We respect Australia, we respect the way they have played cricket over the years. They’ve had some champion teams like the ones we played against during our era, probably was the best team I’ve seen in the last 30-40 years. But how does this Australian team beat India or compete against India on these turning pitches, I’m not sure.” (Kohli on Test series against Australia: Not bothered about the opposition)Ganguly also said that while captain Smith is a terrific player of spin and is probably Australia’s best batsman, he’s not too sure about how David Warner will cope with the turn and bounce here. (Virat Kohli won his battles against Joe Root, can he trump Steve Smith?)”Steven Smith very very good when the ball turns, he’s probably Australia’s best batsman. Warner I’m still not sure whether he can still survive playing that much positively on pitches which turn square. It requires a lot more than just hitting the ball and that’s Warner’s way of playing Test match cricket. (Virat Kohli not Australia’s only threat: 4 other concerns for Steve Smith’s men)”It’s different from IPL to be honest. Flat pitches in IPL, small grounds and the white ball you can just whack it. But when it spins across the bat with Ashwin turning square bringing the ball back into the left-hander it’s a different kettle of fish. As I said, it’s not a secret anymore that it’s going to turn from Day 2 of this Test match and good luck to Australia,” Ganguly added. (Kohli refuses to judge himself as captain)Ganguly, who was known for his aggressive brand of cricket, also had a word of advice for the Aussies if they do decide to sledge Kohli and Co. (Five India vs Australia controversies that shook the cricketing world)”Virat Kohli will not be taking it (sledging) lying down for sure. Australia will come hard at Kohli there’s no doubt about it but it has to be backed with performances. We’ve spoken about sledging or whatever you call it from the days of Glenn McGrath, Steve Waugh and Shane Warne. (Kohli grateful to Anil Kumble for helping him evolve as cricketer)”But sledging doesn’t win you cricket matches, it’s the ability of those three (McGrath, Waugh and Warne) which won Australia cricket matches, or Matthew Hayden you know, they were just outstanding players. Australia have some outstanding players like Starc, Hazlewood, Smith, Shaun Marsh and Warner. But to make the sledging effective they’ll have to put runs on the board and pick wickets.”You sledge when you put pressure on the opposition, you don’t sledge when you’re always coming back from behind,” Ganguly concluded.