Bowl in tandem and knock them over:Ashwin’s plan for Australia
Mumbai : Partnerships will hold the key not just in batting but bowling as well during India’s Test series against Australia as the hosts cannot really be blown away in a single burst, visiting off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said.
India and Australia will begin a four-match Test series from December 6 in Adelaide.
Ashwin said India got good bowling practice in the ongoing warm-up game ahead of the first Test in Adelaide. Cricket Australia XI finished day three on 356-6 with Ashwin taking a wicket for 63 runs from 24 overs and Mohammed Shami picking the figures of three for 67 from 18 overs.
“You have to stitch together partnerships even when bowling and it’s very important to ascertain your role to get what you can out of the game,” Ashwin said at the end of day three’s play.
“It’s very important to soak together good partnerships as a bowling group then try and knock them over. You won’t blow oppositions away, it might happen once in a while – but you have to get your noses ahead and keep it ahead,” he said.
Ashwin said he expects the wickets to be flat, which would allow his teammates to play “smart cricket through the series.”
The Indian spinner further said bowling in partnerships will be of paramount importance especially since India will be missing a fifth bowler in injured Hardik Pandya.
Indian bowlers did well in England and South Africa but considering the nature of pitches, they are in for a long haul. Ashwin has his plans ready for the challenge.
“As a spinner it’s important to stick it out there in the first innings, if I get some help in the second innings then try to pitch in. That’s similar to how I came here last time, I had a very good series and that was one of the turning points in my career,” he said.
“It’s more about getting your noses ahead in Australia. Every hour, the game can get away from you really fast in the field. We have some quality batsmen who can take the game away from them.”
On his own bowling effort in the practice game, Ashwin said he is quite pleased with the results he got.
“In practice matches, you are looking to get something out of it for yourself. I think we got pretty much what we wanted to get out of it.I thought the ball came out pretty well (off my hand). I haven’t played an international game for a while so it felt good the way it came out. In the next 4-5 days I will prep up a bit more for the game,” he said.
Proceedings on Friday were overshadowed by an ankle injury suffered by young batting sensation Prithvi Shaw, who landed awkwardly on his left leg while fielding early in the morning session, and was subsequently ruled out of the first Test in Adelaide.
“He is feeling a bit sore and it has swollen up a little bit. I hope he recovers fast. He has not spoken much. It has hit him pretty hard. He is a young boy who has come to play in Australia for the first time…,” he said. “It’s unfortunate, what’s happened, but these things happen…It’s an opportunity for someone else. I believe everything happens for a reason,” added Ashwin.