Former Australia National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batter Ian Healy, who played 119 Tests and 168 ODIs between 1988-1999, has made a huge prediction of Team India defeating Team Australia by 2-1 in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023.
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 will be played across four different venues in India. The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur will host the first Test from February 9 to 13, and the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi will host the second Test from February 17 to 21.
The third Test will be played at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala from March 1 to 5 and the fourth Test will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad from March 9 to 13. The Aussies will aim to win their first Test series in India since 2004.
Speaking to SENQ Breakfast, Ian Healy said that he is not scared of the Indian spinners until and unless the curators produce “unreasonable wickets” that provide excessive support to spinners.
“They’ve (India) got a good team but I’m not too scared of their spinners unless they produce unreasonable wickets,” Healy was quoted as saying by SEN on Monday.
“If they produce unreasonable wickets like they did half the series last time (we won’t win), two wickets were just terrible, unfair, spinners jumping over your head on day one. So that type of thing they will play better on than we will, but if they get flat wickets that India used to put out, nice flat batting wickets and bowlers have to work really hard, I think we can do it. But (my prediction is) 2-1 India, if (Mitchell) Starc’s unavailable in the first Test,” added Healy.
My worry for Starc not playing the first Test is…. – Ian Healy
Former Australia National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batter Ian Healy further expressed his concern over the absence of Mitchell Starc in the first Test against India. Notably, the premier left-arm pacer is likely to miss the series opener due to a finger injury.
“My worry for him (Starc) not playing the first Test is that you don’t have a lot of time to get the bowling in that you’re going to need in the second, third and fourth Test,” opined Healy.
“Starc mightn’t be available first Test, and if you’re not available (for the) first Test, you’re not going to be great second Test. It’s soon after, there’s no other (warm-up) games,” he said.
Ian Healy, however, was confident about Australia’s triumph in the upcoming Ashes series against England. He predicted that the Pat Cummins-led side will neutralise ‘Bazball’ and earn a dominant 3-1 series victory over the hosts England, provided the Aussies field their full-strength side.
“Now Ashes, if we haven’t got any injuries in that bowling attack and we can play our top team, then 3-1 Australia. We’re going to really attack Bazball and put Bazball under pressure. We’ll see how much courage and bravery they can retain in that top order with England and their bowlers. I think for once we’ll cope the best against (James) Anderson and (Stuart) Broad, Anderson is 40 years of age, we’ve got to really get some pressure back on him. Our best players for mine, Pat Cummins and Steve Smith will be our stars,” added Healy.