IND vs AUS: Ian Healy Throws Open Challenge To Team India And Ravichandran Ashwin For Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Ian Healy, a former wicketkeeper-batsman for the Australia National Cricket Team who competed in 168 one-day internationals and 119 tests between 1988 and 1999, has boldly predicted that Team India will defeat Team Australia by a score of 2-1 in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2023.
In India, four separate locations will host games for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2023. The first Test will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur, from February 9 to 13; the second Test will be played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, from February 17 to 21.
The third Test will take place from March 1 to March 5 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, and the fourth Test will take place from March 9 to March 13 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
In India, the Australians will try to win their first Test series since 2004.
IND vs AUS: Ian Healy Throws Open Challenge To Team India And Ravichandran Ashwin For Border-Gavaskar Trophy
In an interview with SENQ Breakfast, Ian Healy stated that he is not afraid of the Indian spinners unless curators create “unreasonable wickets” that give spinners an overwhelming amount of support.
“They’ve (India) got a good team but I’m not too scared of their spinners unless they produce unreasonable wickets,” Healy was quoted as saying by SEN on Monday.
“If they produce unreasonable wickets like they did half the series last time (we won’t win), two wickets were just terrible, unfair, spinners jumping over your head on day one. So that type of thing they will play better on than we will, but if they get flat wickets that India used to put out, nice flat batting wickets and bowlers have to work really hard, I think we can do it. But (my prediction is) 2-1 India, if (Mitchell) Starc’s unavailable in the first Test,” added Healy.
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Ian Healy, a former wicketkeeper-batsman for the Australia National Cricket Team, further highlighted his concern with Mitchell Starc’s absence from the opening Test against India. Notably, the top left-arm pacer is probably going to miss the first game of the series because of a finger injury.
“My worry for him (Starc) not playing the first Test is that you don’t have a lot of time to get the bowling in that you’re going to need in the second, third and fourth Test,” opined Healy.
“Starc mightn’t be available first Test, and if you’re not available (for the) first Test, you’re not going to be great second Test. It’s soon after, there’s no other (warm-up) games,” he said.
However, Ian Healy was optimistic that Australia will win the forthcoming Ashes series against England. In the event that Australia fields their full-strength team, he projected that the Pat Cummins-led team will neutralize “Bazball” and defeat the hosts England 3-1.
“Now Ashes, if we haven’t got any injuries in that bowling attack and we can play our top team, then 3-1 Australia. We’re going to really attack Bazball and put Bazball under pressure. We’ll see how much courage and bravery they can retain in that top order with England and their bowlers.”
“I think for once we’ll cope the best against (James) Anderson and (Stuart) Broad, Anderson is 40 years of age, we’ve got to really get some pressure back on him. Our best players for mine, Pat Cummins and Steve Smith will be our stars,” added Healy.