Host India can have the higher hand if the tracks are rank turners within the upcoming Test collection however Australia will win on “fair” pitches , feels former wicketkeeper Ian Healy.
The two sides will conflict for the four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy, beginning in Nagpur on February 9.
“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 stated on ‘SENQ Breakfast’.
“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,” he added.
Australia has determined to not play a single tour sport in India throughout the month-long Test collection, primarily because of the host serving up inexperienced tops for follow matches and spinning tracks for the precise video games.
Healy suggested the less-experienced Australian gamers to soak within the stress and never commit any fielding lapses.
“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 stated.
“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.
“What happens in India, to get ten wickets, you’ll only get ten chances, whereas in Australia with bounce, carry and speed you can create 13 chances and you can waste a couple… but they don’t come along as easy in India.
“I just think they have to live and breathe that pressure and have a philosophy over there.”
Australia, who haven’t gained a Test collection in India since 2004, can even play in New Delhi (February 17-21), Dharamsala (March 1-5) and Ahmedabad (March 9-13).
Source web site: sportstar.thehindu.com