Former England batsmen Kevin Pietersen has warned the Australian batsman to play spin properly in the upcoming test series against India starting from 23rd February 2017. Australia have faced troubles of facing spin bowling in subcontinent conditions losing to India 0-4 in 2012, 0-3 to Sri Lanka in 2016, and losing to Pakistan in UAE.
The England team struggled to face the likes of Ashwin, Jadeja who bowled consistent line and lengths not allowing them to score runs easily.
“You’ve got to learn to play spin quick,” he told cricket.com.au in a one-on-one interview last November.
“Learn to play spin very quick. If you can’t play spin, don’t even go. When you get there (India) you’ve got to practice it, and you can actually practice it here – I can do spinning drills in Australia, I did them … on a South African wicket to make sure that my feet were going and picking length.
India has been playing excellent cricket of late beating England and New Zealand by big margins. “You can, you don’t need to be on a spinning wicket to play spin properly or practice spin, you can be on any type of wicket. It’s about picking the length, and picking lines and getting your feet going.”
Australia needs to play aggressive cricket against the Indian spinners if they are to win the test series against a strong Indian outfit. Ashwin and Jadeja have been main wicket takers for India versus England and New Zealand. They will play an important role in helping India to win the series and retain the number 1 ranked test team in the world.
Australia have been struggling to face top quality spinners which has led to their downfall in conditions which help the spinners.
The current team have David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh with experience of playing in India conditions. It promises to be mouthwatering series to see if Australia can improve their record in India.