While the cricket fans are eagerly waiting to experience Australia vs India Test series in the upcoming Australian summer, Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade believes that the Indian bowlers can’t be effective like Neil Wagner did in the last year.
In their last Australia tour in the 2018/19 summer, Virat Kohli-led India won country’s first-ever Test and ODI bilateral series in Australia. The strong pace-bowling line-up was one of the major reasons for India’s success in that series.
While Jasprit Bumrah (21 wickets) finished that series as the joint leading wicket-taker along with the Aussie off-spinner Nathan Lyon (21 wickets), another Indian pacer Mohammed Shami finished just behind of them with 16 wickets in that series. Also, the tall pacer Ishant Sharma bagged 11 wickets in the three matches of that series. The Indian spinners were also helpful in that series by picking up wickets in the crucial moments.
Many believe that the present Indian bowling squad has a similar strength along with the additional experiences of the past Australia tour. However, the 32-year-old Matthew Wade believes that the Indian bowlers can’t imitate the dominance of the New Zealand left-arm pacer Neil Wagner, which he did during New Zealand tour of Australia 2019/20.
Though New Zealand lost that three-match Test series by the 3-0 margin, the left-arm pacer Neil Wagner was the standout performer for his team as he got 17 wickets in that series. Though Wade didn’t lose his wicket in Wagner’s over during that series, he also admitted that never faced that kind of incredible accurate bouncers.
According to cricket.com.au, Wade recently said, “I think we’ll see it a bit (from India) but I don’t think it will be as effective as Wagner. He’s done it for a long time now. To be honest I’ve never faced a bowler who is so accurate at bowling bouncers.”
India are a fierce team: Matthew Wade
However, Wade has also clarified that Virat Kohli-led Indian team is a fierce side as it is not easy to beat them.
Wade claimed, “They (India) are a fierce team. They’re as hard a team as I’ve ever played in terms of the way they compete. Led by Virat, you can see the way he goes about it on the field, you can see what it means to him and he drives all those guys, they jump on the back of him.”
The four-match Test series between Australia and India will run from 3rd December 2020 to 7th January 2021. This Test series will be the part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship. The second Test of this series, which Adelaide will host between 11th and 15th December 2020, will be the day/night pink-ball Test match.