Former Australian cricketer Ian Healy has slammed Australia for their on-field behaviour on the final day of the Sydney Test. The former Aussie wicketkeeper-batsman believes the hosts overstepped the mark with their antics in their attempt to win the game.
Australia’s conduct attracted criticism in the aftermath of the Sydney Test. Skipper Tim Paine got fined for abusing while dissenting a DRS call besides later getting into an ugly spat with Ravichandran Ashwin. Steve Smith’s decision to shadow bat on the pitch came under fire and criticism as well, as many suggested that the Australian was trying to tamper with Rishabh Pant’s guard.
Ian Healy: Australia Became Desperate And Petty Overstepping The Mark
Addressing Australia’s behaviour in the third Test, Ian Healy told SEN Radio admitting the hosts went overboard in their effort to unsettle India on Day 5.
“They overstepped the mark there. They became very desperate, they became very petty and Ashwin had an answer for the lot,” Ian Healy said.
On Tuesday, Tim Paine apologized for his on-field behaviour, admitting his verbal spat with Ravichandran Ashwin ended up with him looking like a fool. Australia coach Justin Langer also backed Tim Paine on Wednesday, shrugging off the captain’s poor performance in Sydney as he dropped as many as three catches.
The Australian camp have also come out in support of Steve Smith, as they explained he had no intention of malice while shadow batting on Day 5.
Ian Healy: Bowlers Of Australia Was Fantastic So Idea Of Rest Doesn’t Arise
Ahead of the fourth Test in Brisbane, concerns have arisen about the fitness of Australia’s pacers. The trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood ended up bowling 74 overs among them, as India made the hosts toil on Day 5. Despite only three days separating the two Tests in Sydney and Brisbane, Ian Healy was against the idea of resting one of the pacers.
“The bowlers were fantastic, I wouldn’t be splitting them up I’d be giving them a chance in three days to get that right and really enjoy Brisbane. Don’t split them up. I thought the bowling was fine,” Ian Healy added.
With the series tied at 1-1, Australia need to beat India at the Gabba to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Australia won 1st Test- a day-night affair at Adelaide and the visitors turned it around with a remarkable win at Melbourne before the 3rd Test was drawn. Indian team though is plagued down by injuries to their key players which will prompt them to use limited-overs specialist bowlers who were asked to stay back as back-up options.