Alex Carey, Australian white-ball wicketkeeper-batsman, has acknowledged Team India’s fast bowling reserves before reminding everyone that the home side also consists of some of the best fast bowlers going around in the business.
The stage is set for a blockbuster Australian summer of cricket when Team India locks horns with the hosts in a series of six white-ball internationals [3 ODIs + 3 T20Is] followed by the all-important four-match Test series.
Besides the fact that both sides have some quality batsmen in the form of David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, and Virat Kohli, the fast bowling reserves are as good as they get.
While India has the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma [in Tests], Alex Carey reminded everyone that the hosts also boast of world-beaters like Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood, who can inflict serious heat on any batting-unit. Carey also reminded everyone that while Bumrah and Shami, Australian batters like Aaron Finch, David Warner have had considerable success against them in the past.
”We understand how good Bumrah and Shami are but we also understand how good and quality players we have in the Australian side,” Alex Carery told Hindustan Times during a media interaction.
“David Warner and Aaron Finch at the top have had some success against the Indian seamers. We’ll discuss Bumrah and Shami… also Chahal and Jadeja and all the Indian bowlers but I’m also very excited about seeing Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc run in. We’ve got Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood too,” he said.
”When you line-up both teams head to head you’ve got some serious players. We have regular meetings on what our strengths are and the areas that maybe we are exposed. India have got some real strength in the bowling department It should really lead to an exciting game one,” Alex Carey added.
‘There is a threat all down the line-up’- Alex Carey on the Team India’s squad
Alex Carey, however, heaped high praise on the Indian batting-reserves. He said that apart from the legendary Virat Kohli, the wicket of KL Rahul, who is coming off a real productive 12-14 months in white-ball cricket will be the key for the Australians in the upcoming ODI and T20I rubbers.
”I’ve played against KL a number of times and he’s really damaging. I think there are so many good players in this Indian team at the moment. KL is going to be huge a wicket upfront, Virat’s obviously a massive wicket,” Carey said.
With Rohit Sharma- Australia’s constant nemesis in white-ball cricket- not a part of the limited-overs squad, one would expect the hosts to breathe a sigh of relief but Alex Carey proceeded to downplay it, adding that India has enough talent in the form of Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, and Shubman Gill.
“You look at the form Shreyas Iyer has shown in his last few ODI games as well. There are Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw both young and exciting players to watch in the future. For me, it’s not just one player. There is a threat all down the line-up,” Carey added.