Aussie 'keeper questions big fuss the Indian camp made over uneven practice pitch in Brisbane; stresses both teams used it a day after the controversy
Melbourne: India have set an aggressive tone to the ongoing four-match Test series and Australia is not expecting any let-up going ahead for the Boxing Day Test, Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin said yesterday.
Brad Haddin sharpens his wicketkeeping skills at the Adelaide Oval on December 7. Pic/Getty Images.
“The Indians have shown their hand that they are going to be quite aggressive,” said Haddin, referring to the first two Tests — both of which Australia won. “I think our middle and lower order can expect some more, that’s cricket. Maybe they will wind Mitchell Johnson up again and see how that goes,” he said.
That last statement might be teasing for the visiting side, who faced Johnson’s ire in the second Test after their attempts at sledging backfired. After being in an on-field spat with Indian players, the bowler smashed 88 runs and came back to grab four wickets to help Australia win the match and take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.
Haddin was also critical of India for complaining about the practice pitches at the Gabba. “What was wrong with the practice wicket?” asked Haddin, keeping up with the teasing tone.
“They used it the day after the game so there couldn’t have been anything wrong with it. I only know that our bowlers went down there to train and they were training there too the day after, so it couldn’t have been too bad.”
On Day Four, India had complained of poor net pitches after Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli got hit, causing unrest in the dressing room as intriguingly put forth by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.