Chappell said that India are short of a specialist batsman in the touring squad and their fast bowlers are likely to be tested quite a bit by the Australian batsmen on the bouncy conditions here.
"Following a lacklustre Test season, the public is thirsty for some meaningful contests. What looms is a battle between the current (Australia) and previous (India) ODI World Cup holders. MS Dhoni will provide a true test for Australia and Steve Smith," Chappell wrote.
"India has the big names and the talent to push Australia but I don't see them beating the home side, as both teams ramp up their quest for another world title (World T20 in March-April in India)," he said.
"Australia will have a psychological advantage in the first two contests," he added.
Chappell, however, questioned the non-inclusion of fast bowler James Pattinson in the Australian squad for the first two ODIs to be played at the WACA in Perth and the Gabba in Brisbane on January 12 and January 15 respectively.


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