Ranchi: Phil Hughes gives high marks to Mitchell Johnson for making the life of the Indian batsmen difficult in the ongoing series.
“Johnson has been the star for us… He has been using the short-pitched ball well and he has been very consistent in the last three games.
“He’s bowled with some really fierce pace, which is great to see… But our bowling unit overall has done a good job. It can be tough on these wickets,” Hughes said at a media conference on Tuesday.
If Johnson has been the star for Australia, Ishant Sharma is being labelled the villain as far as the Indians are concerned. But Hughes said that they respect Ishant as a bowler.
“If you look at our last match performance, it was a really good show from all of us lower down the order… And it was sensational what (James) Faulkner did at the end.
“Ishant has been a quality bowler around the world for a number of years. We respect that… But we just came up trumps against him.”
Wednesday’s match is at India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s homeground. Given the form Dhoni is in, he may get even more dangerous for the opposition at his favourite ground. Hughes said they are aware of that. “It can be really challenging when you have got a world-class player like Dhoni...
“He has been exceptional for a number of years and he is real good batting at the death and hitting the ball over the park. But our bowlers are staying positive.”