Beating India in India is as robust a problem as it will possibly get and few groups through the years have been ready to accomplish the feat, not simply in Test cricket however throughout codecs. The Indian staff in any case, has not misplaced a Test collection on dwelling soil for greater than a decade, and solely thrice have they been overwhelmed in a Test collection at dwelling this millennium.
Australia shall be effectively conscious of these statistics and the risk that the Rohit Sharma-led facet poses by itself turf. The Aussies, in any case, haven’t overwhelmed the Indians in a Test collection in eight years, having final received the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at dwelling in 2014-15.
Former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson is aware of a factor or two about touring India, having been a part of the 2008, 2010 and 2013 editions of BGT, and supplied the Pat Cummins-led facet recommendation on taking the problem to the hosts within the upcoming collection that begins in Nagpur later this week.
“If the Aussies can bat first a couple of times early in the series, at venues which are expected to take a fair bit of spin, and get good first-innings totals on the board that will put a bit of pressure back onto India,” Johnson wrote in his column on The West Australian.
Johnson, considered one of Australia’s most profitable bowlers of all time with 330 Test wickets to his title, added that whereas Team India could be cautious of veteran off-spinner Nathan Lyon’s prowess, they might on no account be intimidated by his presence.
“The Aussies have taken over four spinners and while the Indians would respect Nathan Lyon’s experience and Test record, they wouldn’t be fearing any of them. Indian batsmen use their feet well and hit spin very correctly,” Johnson added in his column.
The first of 4 Tests on this yr’s Border-Gavaskar Trophy begins on Thursday, 9 February at Nagpur’s Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium. Delhi, Dharamsala and Ahmedabad are scheduled to host the remaining video games of the collection.