India and Australia will play each 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 include Pat Cummins bowling to Virat Kohli, Nathan Lyon vs. Rohit Sharma, and R Ashwin possibly trying to outwit Marnus Labuschagne.

The former Australia wicketkeeper has expressed concerns about the pitches that will be used in Nagpur, Delhi, Dharamsala, and Ahmedabad before the highly anticipated series, which gets underway on February 9. He anticipates a competitive series between the two teams. 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 will diminish the shine of the Test matches. The series sparked some controversy when pitches in Bengaluru and Pune favored the spinner.

“They (India) have a good team, but unless their spinners produce absurd wickets, I’m not overly afraid of them. We won’t win if they produce unreasonable wickets as they did during the first half of the last series; two of their wickets on day one were atrocious, unfair, and spinners jumped over your head “Healy was quoted by SEN Radio as saying.

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

In contrast to previous selections, Australia’s team features 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 squad for the India series, will not play in the opening 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 returns in time for the second Test, according to Healy, Australia will be concerned about his lack of match 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.