Australian pace bowler Mitchell Johnson said that India would be nervous and overconfident in the ongoing four-Test series in Dharamsala begin on March 25 against Australia. After three Tests over in Pune, Bengaluru and Ranchi both the team currently looked at 1-1 level.
The fourth and final Tests match to be played in the hill station of Dharamsala on March 25.
Australia’s John feels that the hosts will be nervous mainly the pacer-friendly state of Dharmasala. He played international cricket for Australia from 2005 to 2015.
The 35-year-old Australia pace bowler Johnson said to Fox Sports “Dharamsala is an amazing ground and the only times I have seen it are with grass on (the pitch). So I think that’s why the Australians will probably be confident and India will be a little bit nervous. I think they’ve been overconfident in this series and I think the scoreline shows that.”
Johnson feels that Pune Test hero Steve O’Keefe may not in the squad for the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala.
Johnson said “I think we’re going to lose a spinner out of this Test match. The spinners have been great throughout the series. There’s been a lot of pressure on the spinners to go out there and perform and I think they’ve had some good patches and some bad patches.”
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“But that’s the game. It’s a tough one because they have both had their moments in this series, but I think you have got to go with experience. I think Nathan Lyon will get a lot more bounce and he has been turning the ball quite nicely. But then again, you’ve got to look at left- and right-hand combinations.”
He feels that Bird bowl will be right for Dharamsala track, “If it’s more of an Australian kind of wicket, I think you’ll see Nathan Lyon bowl and Bird come in as the third quick.”
Talking about Ranchi result, Johnson said “(The result in Ranchi) gives Australia a huge advantage I think. For them (India) to know that it’s not about Steve Smith and David Warner, other guys in the team can perform and can play out for a draw. They dug in and played exceptional cricket.”
“They (Australia) will be pumped after that. Even though it was only a draw, to them it will feel very good and very positive. Because they have collapsed a lot in the past. That’s why I’m confident Australia will win,” he added.