“The Indians Will Not Fear…”: Mitchell Johnson’s Honesty on Team Australia
Team India is set to face Australia in the most awaited Border Gavaskar Cup Test, with the first match set to take place from Thursday in Nagpur. India won the 2020-21 series 2-1 in Australia after a dramatic comeback. As fans are eagerly waiting for the eye-catching match to begin, cricket experts also give advice to the teams, which makes the series even more exciting. Former Australian racer Mitchell Johnson also gave a tip for travelers to book Rohit Sharma-led side under pressure.
Johnson stated that Pat Cummins-The leading side should hit a few times first and score a good total in the first half as that will put a lot of pressure on India.
“If the Australians can beat the first couple of times in the series, at venues that are expected to have a bit of a rotation and get a good first-round total across the board, that will put pressure back on India Australians have taken over four spinning machines and while Indians will respect Nathan Lyonexperience and Test record, they won’t be afraid of any of them. The Indian players use their feet well and spin very accurately.” wrote Johnson in his column for The West Australian.
India played their Final Test against Australia in Nagpur in 2008, where Johnson was only able to win a single racket. The former has said that the Nagpur surface will lack rotation and will be a difficult task for tempo players to hit the ball there. However, he chose Nathan Lyon as his pick among pitchers who could find more bounce on the field thanks to ability.
“Australia will be playing Tests in Nagpur this week for the first time since 2008, when Jason Krejza lost 12 wicks. Expect a very flat and grass-free court. There won’t be many swings and it will be difficult for fast runners. Lyon, with its ability to find more bounce, went bowling for the first time in the Nagpur Trials,” Johnson said.
This India vs Australia series will see some exciting matches, with top players like Virat kohli, Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, etc. are all in good form. It is understandable that India’s spin athletes will be key for the hosts, with matches expected to take place on rotation-friendly surfaces.
The first test will be held at the VCA stadium in Maharashtra on Thursday.
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