Ind vs Aus 4th Test-Josh Hazlewood warns India: After a hard time against the Indian batsmen in the fourth innings of the Sydney Test, the Gabba pitch comes as a boon to the Australian pacers.
In Sydney, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc delivered a combined 74 overs in the final innings of the third Test, but failed to dismiss the pair of Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari, who were solid in their defence and eked out a draw to save India’s blushes.
However, the Australian pace attack has an almost unblemished record in Brisbane and they will once again be seeking to maintain it going against India.
The final encounter of the series, which is expected to dig out a winner, starts on Monday, 15th January. Hazlewood, Cummins and Starc would no doubt have given themselves more respite if in charge of the schedule. But the pace trio will be licking their lips at the prospect of bowling in Brisbane, where Australia haven’t lost a Test since 1988.
Speaking about the upcoming decisive encounter, Aussie pacer Josh Hazlewood warned, “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.”
He added, “It’s an awesome place to play. Very much an Australian venue, I’ve always enjoyed playing there. It’s late in the season to be playing there – it’ll be a bit hotter than normal – but we’ll put up with that and hopefully the thunderstorms stay away.”
As far as the stats are concerned, Pat Cummins have picked up 19 wickets at The Gabba and has a best bowling figure of 6/23. While Mitchell Starc has 32 wickets to his name at the ground, Josh Hazlewood has 23. Their best bowling figures at the stadium stands at 4/52 and 5/68 respectively.
Pat Cummins at The Gabba
Runs Given: 299
Best Figures: 6/23
Mitchell Starc at The Gabba
Runs Given: 891
Best Figures: 4/52
Josh Hazlewood at The Gabba
Runs Given: 613
Best Figures: 5/68
Ind vs Aus 4th Test: Australia have a formidable Test record in Brisbane- haven’t lost a Test since 1988
The Aussies have a formidable record at the Gabba, Brisbane when it comes to the game’s longest format. In the 55 matches that have been played at the venue, the hosts have won 33 of them and has only managed eight losses. Meanwhile, they ended up tying one game while the rest 13 of them have ended in a stalemate.
At the same time, Australia have also not lost at the Gabba in 28 matches, a record dating back to 1988.
The Aussies must win the series-decider in order to seal the series. If the final Test match ends in a stalemate, then not only will the four-match series be tied at 1-1, but India will also end up retaining the iconic Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The visitors are the current holders of the prestigious trophy after having won the previous edition of the four-match Test series 2-1 in the 2018-19 season. It was also Team India’s first-ever Test series win on Australian soil.