Melbourne: India’s tour of Australia might be over three months from now, but mind games have already started with pacer Ryan Harris saying they will not tone down their aggression as the Indians may face a brutal summer from the fiery Mitchell Johnson.
Harris has declared that the Australians would seek to extend India’s woeful away-from-home record when they kick-start the four-match series on December 4. His remarks have come at a time when the Indians are still reeling from a 1-3 drubbing at the hands of England.
“We try to do everything we can to unsettle them verbally, but we get it back as well. India are good at it; Jadeja is good at it, (Virat) Kohli likes it as well...
“If I say something wrong and get punished for it, it will be the ICC that gets me, not the BCCI,” the 34-year-old pacer was quoted as saying by an Australian newspaper.
Harris predicted another brutal summer from Mitchell Johnson.
“The Indians don’t go so well outside their own conditions. So when we get them in our conditions — they always give it to us over there — we like giving it back to them… We do really want to hit them back…
“The way Mitch is going, he’s simply on fire… He's only going to get better,” said Harris.
India had given Australia a 4-0 thrashing at home when the two sides met last time.
Harris has taken careful note of Kohli’s problems with the bat.
“He is obviously going to do a lot of work between now and then, but you’ve just got to try to get him driving. He nicked a lot,” Harris said.