Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly says incumbent Mahendra Singh Dhoni should get adequate rest before the upcoming tour of Australia as he has to be fresh for the team's long series Down Under.

Sourav Ganguly

"The true test of captaincy is outside India. But I think the time has come to give a rest to Dhoni. He played a lot of cricket. He plays all versions of the game. He deserves a rest," Ganguly said in an interview to Bengali channel Star Ananda here.

"I think he has to be given rest in the West Indies series so that he can go to Australia very fresh. Because in Australia the Indian captain has to be fresh, otherwise there will be a repetition of the England tour," he said.  India tour Australia later this year for a Test series starting in Melbourne on December 26. The team lost the Tests 0-4 and ODIs 0-3 on the recently-concluded tour of England.