India and Australia will play one other in the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy, resuming their cricketing rivalry after a two-long hiatus. India and Australia played three Twenty20 Internationals against one another last year, but this will be the first Test match between the two star-studded squads since the Men in Blue’s infamous 2-1 victory over Australia during the 2020–21 tour. Some of the most tantalizing matchups are Pat Cummins bowling to Virat Kohli, Nathan Lyon vs. Rohit Sharma, and R Ashwin maybe attempting to outwit Marnus Labuschagne.

The former Australia wicketkeeper has highlighted concerns about the wickets that will be used in Nagpur, Delhi, Dharamsala, and Ahmedabad before the highly anticipated series, which gets off on February 9. He anticipates a competitive series between the two sides. Australia will play a Test series in India for the first time in six years; the last time they did so was in 2017 for a four-match series that India won 2-1 under Virat Kohli. Healy is concerned about the possibility of seeing similar wickets return because he believes they would diminish the shine of the Test matches. The series sparked some controversy when surfaces in Bengaluru and Pune favored the spinner.

“They (India) have a fantastic squad, but until their spinners deliver absurd wickets, I’m not too afraid of them. We won’t win if they deliver irrational wickets as they did during the first part of the previous series; two of their wickets on day one were atrocious, unfair, and spinners jumped over your head “Healy was cited by SEN Radio as stating.

“They will thus perform better than we would on that sort of surface, but if they get the flat wickets that India used to produce—nice flat batting surfaces where the bowlers have to work hard—I believe we can pull it off. However, 2-1 India is my prediction if Mitchell Starc is unable to play in the first Test “Healy said.

In contrast to past selections, Australia’s team has Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Agar, and Todd Murphy, an uncapped player, as spinners. Starc, a left-arm pacer who was a member of Australia’s team for the India series, will not play in the first Test. Starc will join the team before the Delhi Test after suffering a finger tendon injury during the Boxing Day Test against South Africa. Even if Starc recovers in time for the second Test, according to Healy, Australia will be concerned about his lack of playing experience.

“My concern regarding Starc’s absence from the first Test is that you won’t have much time to practice the bowling you’ll need for the second, third, and fourth Tests. Starc may not be available for the first test, and if you aren’t available for the opening test, you won’t be very good for the next test since there aren’t any other (warm-up) games “The illustrious wicketkeeper said.