India’s eight-wicket defeat in Adelaide has opened up “serious wounds” for the team and Australia now has a good chance of winning the series 4-0, believes former captain Ricky Ponting.

India was bundled out for its lowest-ever Test score of 36 in its second innings as Australia took a 1-0 lead on Saturday.

“Now there’s some serious wounds opened up. There could be a good chance [of a sweep],” Ponting told cricket.com.au.

“Let’s hope we do get a result in Melbourne and if we do, I think India’s going to find it really hard to bounce back and win a game,” he said.

India will miss captain Virat Kohli in the remaining three Tests as he returns home for the birth of his child. Ponting said it will be a real test for the Indian team as it looks to pick up the pieces under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane.

“We’ll learn a lot about them, won’t we? With Kohli not being…

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