India’s bowling has been relentless during the course of the past two series in Australia and it was once again at the height of its powers at the MCG as the Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin-led attack knocked over Australia for 195 and 200.
According to Justin Langer, India’s biggest strength during the last two series has been its discipline and the manner in which they have gone about executing their plans.
“..their greatest strength over the last couple of series has been their discipline. They (India) have been so well disciplined…I have loved the last two Tests because the wickets have been a contest between bat and ball and you have got to work a bit harder and that is what Test cricket is all about,” Justin Langer said at a virtual press conference
Langer also added that Indian bowlers have employed a straighter line and have set their fields accordingly, especially against Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne.
“So, I think, there is the factor of the wickets that we have played on, there is certainly some seam movement, there was a little bit of swing in both those wickets. India have (has) taken a straighter line to a couple of our batters and set the fields accordingly,” he said.
He also paid tribute to the manner in which Ravi Ashwin has bowled in the series thus far. Ashwin has claimed 10 wickets across two Tests and had comfortably outbowled his counterpart Nathan Lyon.
“And let’s not discount Ravi Ashwin, how many has he taken 380 Test wickets? The great bowlers are the ones who are hard to score against and (Jasprit) Bumrah is certainly up there at the moment, Ashwin is up there at the moment, we are aware of it. We know how we like to play our cricket as Australians, but credit to India, very well-planned, as you would expect they have discipline in their bowling, the wickets that we have played on have been competitive, so we are aware of that and I’m not too stressed about it (scoring rate),” he added.