India will take on Australia on 9th February in Nagpur for the first test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy. Former Australian wicketkeeper turned commentator Ian Healy feels that if India produces fair cricketing wickets, then Australia will win the series.
Healy said that the wicket must be flat in the beginning, then spin as the match progresses.
Ian Healy wants India to prepare fair wickets
“I think if they produce fair Indian wickets, that are good batting wickets, to start with, (that) probably spin and spin pretty consistently but spin a long way, late in the match … we (Australia) win,” Healy said on ‘SENQ Breakfast’.
He also said that India produced unfair wickets in the last series where the ball was kept low from day one.
“I’m worried about (Mitchell) Starc and (Nathan) Lyon in the first Test … if they’re unfair wickets which I’ve seen in the last series, where balls were jumping ridiculously and sliding down low from day one, I think India play those conditions better than us,” said Healy.
Healy pointed out a very important factor in the series. He said that Australia needs to be vigilant in the field and also advised them to soak in the pressure.
“I want the players to be very aware if they are escaping that pressure (from the locals) if you’re escaping that pressure and hiding in your room using the golf simulator… I think you’ve got to do something else,” he said.
“That’s an escape, you shouldn’t be doing it, you’re dodging, just be very aware of what you are feeling at any given time. Immerse yourself before you really get to deploy your technique… don’t drop catches, fielding can be difficult over there.”
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