HOBART, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 16: Pat Cummins of Australia celebrates the wicket of Mark Wood of England during day three of the Fifth Test in the Ashes series between Australia and England at Blundstone Arena on January 16, 2022 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene has revealed his prediction for the upcoming four-test series for the Border–Gavaskar Trophy commencing tomorrow.

He joins a host of international pundits to weigh in on what is set to be a fascinating series as the world number one side faces off against the world number two from the ICC rankings.

Australia hasn't won in India since 2004 and hasn't beaten them in any series anywhere since 2014-15, but that hasn't stopped Jayawardene from tipping a change in fortunes for the Pat Cummins-led side.

Speaking on the ICC Review podcast, Jayawardene emphasised how good he thinks the series will be and highlighted the importance of Australia dealing with Indian conditions.

“I think it's always going to be a great series. I think Indian conditions and how the Australian batsmen tackle that, they do have a really good bowling unit and how do the Indian batsmen tackle that … it depends on how each team starts the series and who's got that momentum. But it will be fascinating,” he said.

“It's difficult to predict, but being a Sri Lankan, I'm hoping that Australia can go all the way. Probably a 2-1 win for Australia, but it's going to be a tough one.”

The series commences tomorrow in Nagpur, where Australia have only played once before and failed to win.

Making matters worse is that Cameron Green and Mitchell Starc are both set to miss the opener, meaning the makeup of the Australian side could be similar to that of the side that drew the final test against South Africa last month, featuring Ashton Agar and Matthew Renshaw. 

All that will be revealed in the lead-up to the 3 PM first ball tomorrow, and that will give the best indication of how they plan to deal with the infamous spinning conditions of the sub-continent.