Wasim Akram predicts it will be tough for the Indian bowlers in Australia
The first Test will commence on December 6 in Adelaide.
Updated - Nov 26, 2018 6:27 pm
Despite the T20I series between Australia and India got a lot of response from the crowd, the much-awaited part of the tour is the Tests. The four-match contest will be commencing on December 6 in Adelaide as many are expecting India to register their first ever Test series win in Australia who are currently in a mess in the longest format of the game. However, the former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram thinks otherwise and feels that the visiting bowlers will find it tough on the drop-in pitches down under.
The Indian bowlers are on song in the Tests this year. They have bundled out the opposition twice on most occasions and most importantly, were on top of their game in South Africa and England earlier this year. The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav have changed the face of the Indian pace bowling which historically struggled away from home.
No bouncy tracks
Wasim Akram, while speaking to the NDTV, felt that the sub-continent bowlers generally struggled to make an impact in Australia and the trend will continue this time around as well. He pointed out that the drop-in pitches in Adelaide and Melbourne won’t have bounce like before which will reduced the wicket-taking options for the visitors.
” I think the Indian bowlers will have it tough. To start off, there are a couple of drop-in pitches in Adelaide, Melbourne, they are not bouncy tracks any more. Brisbane will have a little bit of bounce. I think at Perth they are playing in a new stadium, I don’t know what sort of pitch they have over there,” he said.
He was of the opinion that the Kookaburra stops moving after it loses its shine which is the reason the teams like India and Pakistan struggle. “It’s the bowlers I’m worried about in Australia, the length where they bowl it, especially when the Kookaburra gets old after 20-25 overs, that’s when the Australians take advantage,” the 52-year-old added.