India vs Australia : The last time India toured Australia in 2018-19, they registered a historic 2-1 Test series win Down Under and Jasprit Bumrah was the wrecker in chief. Bumrah took 21 wickets at an average of 17 as India became the first Asian team to register series victory in Australia. Since then Bumrah has further grown as a bowler and will be more potent as they the Kangaroos in the 4 test match series.
Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood, who was part of that series where his side were beaten by India has a masterplan for this batsman as they get ready to face Bumrah challenge – i.e ’tire him out in the first couple of games’.
“Bumrah is probably the standout. He is unique with his action. He maintains pace very well throughout the day, and the whole series. He is probably the key. He can take wickets upfront or with the old ball. I guess it’s about getting lot of overs into him, try to tire him out in the first couple of games. That will be the key,” Hazlewood told Hindustan Times.
Hazlewood played for Chennai Super Kings in the just concluded IPL 2020 and has declared that India’s pace attack has improved drastically in last few years. The Australian pacer, who took 13 wickets in the last series against India, also admitted that it will be tough for Aussie batsman to face them.
“They out-bowled us the last time they came. That went a long way for them in winning the series. They have most bases covered with their quicks. If Ishant Sharma gets here at some point it will add to their strength.
“They are all a little bit different. For the last 10-15 years, Indian pacers have kept improving. Our batters will have to be on their toes to counter that.”
Hazlewood also equated the India-Australia rivalry to that of the Ashes.
“Australia-India rivalry is up there with the Ashes. India have probably added to it, the last time when they came here and won. That was some tight series.”
“We don’t lose too many series in Australia. That certainly hurt at the time. We know the guys who were in that time. I will remember that. It gives motivation this time around,” the pacer said.