Improve or we won’t see you again: Healy’s warning to Australia bowlers
Healy is surprised to see Nathan Lyon play ahead of Adam Zampa. (AFP Image)

Former wicketkeeper Ian Healy has come hard at Australia s bowlers following the home team s loss to India in the second ODI in Adelaide on Tuesday. Healy, who played 119 Tests and 168 ODIs during an 11-year-long career was particularly critical of the bowlers and warned them of losing out on the World Cup if improvements aren’t made.

Australia lost to India by six wickets, as a result of which the three-match series in now levelled a 1-1. Despite garnering praise for their showing in the first ODI where debutant Jason Behrendorff and youngster Jhye Richardson reduced India s top order to 4 for 3, India put up a much-improved batting performance in the next game, chasing down a target of 299 in the final over.

In the absence of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, Healy isn t sure if Behrendorff, Richardson or even Peter Siddle for that matter can be Australia s go-to bowlers against a quality side like India.

“I just think we ve got to get our jobs done. You re playing for Australia in big matches,” Healy told SEN Mornings. “So Peter Siddle has got to get it right otherwise he won t make the World Cup. Jhye Richardson has been expensive and leg-side at times, he s got to get that right. Jason Behrendorff was another one who was too leg-side and I thought his pace was terrible at the end. I reckon he was bowling less than 130 at the end.”

Healy did not spare the batsmen either. In the two games played so far, Australia batted first but were slow to get off the blocks, and it was majorly because of their middle lower order coming to the fore that they were able to post total of 288 and 298.

“Our batsmen started really slowly and lost top-order wickets again. Get it right or we won t see you again, We re (ranked) number six in the world and we haven t won a series for two years,” Healy lamented.

Nathan Lyon getting the nod over legspinner Adam Zampa remains a surprising call to many, including Healy. Zampa was economical for Australia during the ODIs against South Africa, and with Lyon going wicketless in both games, Healy feels the legspinner should have been their spinner in the Playing XI.

“You know what he ll give you, Zampa will give you swing, he won t give you much spin so I don t know whether we call him a legspinner,” Healy said. “He sort of rolls in-swinging slow balls that are hard to hit across the line so I d love to see him rip a leg spinner every now and then to keep the batsmen wary.”