Josh Hazlewood, Australian pacer has sent a warning notice to India ahead of the 4th Test in Brisbane where Australia have played 31 Tests since their last defeat in 1988 and won 24 of them.
Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood has talked up the team’s prospects of winning the 4th and final Test and taking the series 2-1, saying the hosts love playing at the Gabba unlike visiting teams, who doesn’t enjoy so much.
Josh Hazlewood: Australia Thrive That Touring Teams Don’t Like To Play At Brisbane As Australia’s Record Suggests
India and Australia will meet in the fourth and final Test of the series in Brisbane from January 15. The Asian giants did not play at the iconic venue during their last trip in 2018-19 wherein they emerged victorious by a margin of 2-1 in 4 Tests.
On the contrary, Australia’s last defeat at the Gabba came in 1988 against the West Indies. The hosts have played 31 matches at the venue since then and have won 24 of them while drawing 7.
India face a herculean task of stopping Australia’s winning streak at Gabba as the visitors are marred by quite a few injury concerns. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will be unavailable along with middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari while doubts remain over Jasprit Bumrah’s participation due to an abdominal strain.
“All Australians love playing up there. We probably grow a leg given the record we’ve got. We know touring sides don’t like to play there, so that puts us a bit ahead before a ball is bowled. I guess we thrive on that. It’s an awesome place to play. Very much an Australian venue, I’ve always enjoyed playing there,” Josh Hazlewood told AAP.
Out of 62 Tests, Australia have won as much as 40 Tests losing only 8 while 13 Tests were drawn and 1 Test was tied. India have played 51 Tests in Australia winning 8 and losing 30 while 13 were drawn so far. India have played 6 Tests at the Gabba Brisbane and have not managed to win even one. They have lost 5 and drawn one.
Josh Hazlewood Is Confident That The Pace Trio Is Fresh And Can Deliver At Brisbane In 4th Test
India’s bowling attack has been weakened by injuries to the likes of Ishant Sharma who was ruled out entirely from Test tour besides Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja who were ruled out after playing 1,2 and 3 Tests respectively. If Jasprit Bumrah is not available, India will field a pace attack in which none of the pacers have played more than 2 Tests.
Unlike India, Australia are likely to go with a full-strength bowling attack, retaining their pace trio of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and spinner Nathan Lyon despite the workload over the last 3 Tests.
Josh Hazlewood is confident that the pace trio can emerge victorious in the final Test at Gabba as the series hangs in balance after 3 riveting encounters.
“It’s probably the freshest we have felt while turning up to Sydney at this time of year, for a very long time,” Josh Hazlewood stated.
“Back to back is fine … even if we bowl 40-plus overs here, we’ll be OK for Brisbane.”
Pat Cummins is the leading wicket-taker in Test series with 15 wickets bowling more than 100 overs while Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc bowled 98 overs each picking 11 and 9 wickets respectively. Spinner Nathan Lyon bowled 128 overs- the maximum picking 6 wickets.