India vs Australia - Virat Kohli’s team will be ‘nervous’ at Dharamsala: Johnson
Virat Kohli-led India are tied 1-1 in a four-match series going into the final Test in Dharamsala and their overconfidence is the reason behind it, according to former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnsoncricket Updated: Mar 23, 2017 14:59 IST
Mitchell Johnson, former Australia fast bowler, feels India will be “nervous” considering the pacer-friendly conditions of Dharamsala, which hosts the fourth Test from March 25-29, where Steve Smith and his boys should feel more confident. He added that India have been overconfident so far.
“Dharamsala is an amazing ground and the only times I have seen it are with grass on (the pitch). So, I think that’s why the Australians will probably be confident and India will be a little bit nervous. I think they’ve been overconfident in this series and I think the scoreline shows that,” Johnson told Fox Sports.
The Aussie pace bowling great feels that Pune Test hero Steve O’Keefe may have to make way for Jackson Bird in seamer-friendly conditions when the fourth Test gets underway from Saturday.
“I think we’re going to lose a spinner out of this Test match,” he said. “The spinners have been great throughout the series. There’s been a lot of pressure on the spinners to go out there and perform and I think they’ve had some good patches and some bad patches. But that’s the game. It’s a tough one because they have both had their moments in this series, but I think you have got to go with experience.
“I think Nathan Lyon will get a lot more bounce and he has been turning the ball quite nicely. But then again, you’ve got to look at left- and right-hand combinations,” Johnson said.
Johnson feels that Bird will be more suitable for Dharamsala track. “If it’s more of an Australian kind of wicket, I think you’ll see Nathan Lyon bowl and Bird come in as the third quick.
Johnson, a veteran of 73 Tests is happy that Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh saved the game for Australia providing them with psychological advantage.
“(The result in Ranchi) gives Australia a huge advantage I think. For them (India) to know that it’s not about Steve Smith and David Warner, other guys in the team can perform and can play out for a draw. They dug in and played exceptional cricket.”
“They (Australia) will be pumped after that. Even though it was only a draw, to them it will feel very good and very positive. Because they have collapsed a lot in the past. That’s why I’m confident Australia will win.”
First Published: Mar 22, 2017 14:26 IST