India tour of Australia: Josh Hazlewood 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.
We know touring sides don’t like playing in Brisbane: Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood (AP Photo)
- Josh Hazlewood expects Australia seamers to pull through the 4th Test in Gabba
- India have not managed to win a single Test at the Gabba while Australia haven’t lost there since 1988
- All Australians love playing up there. We probably grow a leg: Hazlewood
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 and visiting teams, not so much. India and Australia will meet in the fourth and final Test of the series in Brisbane from January 15.
India have played 6 Tests at the Gabba and have not managed to win even one. They have lost 5 and drawn one. The Asian giants did not play at the iconic venue during their last trip in 2018-19 wherein they clinched a historic Test series win.
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 Gabba streak 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,” Hazlewood told AAP.
Full strength Aussie bowling attack at Gabba
While India’s bowling attack has been weakened by injuries to the likes of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja, Australia are likely to go with a full-title bowling attack, retaining their pace trio of Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon despite the workload over the last 3 Tests.
If Bumrah is not available, India will field a pace attack in which none of the pacers have played more than 2 Tests.
Hazlewood is confident that the pace trio can pull through 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,” Hazlewood said.
“Back to back is fine … even if we bowl 40-plus overs here, we’ll be OK for Brisbane.”