Australia’s fielding coach Brad Haddin expressed his unhappiness at India’s alleged unwillingness to travel to Brisbane for the fourth Test. As per a report by Cricbuzz, the Indian team wants the third and fourth Tests to take place in Sydney as they fear another lockdown after landing in Brisbane following the third match in Sydney. Brad Haddin suggests that the tourists’ unwillingness to play in Brisbane stems from the hosts’ superior record at the Gabba.
The Australian team indeed boasts a superior record in Brisbane in Tests as they have not lost a Test there since 1988. It was the West Indies who last beat the home side in a Test at the Gabba when the pace trio of Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, and Malcolm Marshall caused problems for the Australian batsmen and eventually won by nine wickets. The ongoing series between Australia and India stands tied after two Tests.
According to Brad Haddin, from a cricketing point of view, India does not want to play in Gabba since Australia has stayed unbeatable for several years. Haddin elaborated further by stating that since the players have been in the bubble for long, they might be feeling tired.
“From a cricket point of view, why would India want to go to the Gabba? No one wins at the Gabba, Australia plays really good cricket there and no one’s won for a really long time, besides Australia. There’s a lot of moving parts here. The one thing is these guys have been in a bubble for a long, long time and they might just start to be getting a little bit tired,” Haddin said as quoted by Fox Sports.
It’s the same with the Australian teams, we haven’t heard them whinge: Brad Haddin
The former Australian keeper-batsman went on to mention that one can’t move a Test match since the Indian players knew already what they were getting into. The New South Wales lad understands that similar to Indian players, Australian cricketers have also spent in isolation for a long time. However, they have not whinged about it and accepted the terms. From Haddin’s perspective, the tourists do not want to play in Brisbane.
“But you can’t move a Test match – if a state doesn’t have any virus just because you’re over the quarantine. You came to Australia knowing exactly what was going to happen, you knew there were restrictions, you knew this could’ve happened. Yes, it’s been a long time now and they’ve been in quarantine first with IPL and now with the Australian summer. But it’s the same with the Australian teams, we haven’t heard them whinge and they’ve just got on with it. To me, it just looks like they’re trying not to play at the Gabba,” he added.