Former cricketer Dean Jones has urged Australian cricketers to start preparing for the next month’s tour of India, wherein the two sides will clash in a four-match Test series.
Jones believes that spinners will be the key in the upcoming Test series, which also provides a good chance for Australia to register win against the hosts, who are going through a rough patch.
Jones wrote in his column in the Sydney Morning Herald, “Now that Australia has finished its Test cricket for the summer, the Australian batsmen have to have a good think on how they will play in India next month.
"This series is massive to a lot of players and could be a great tour for the Australians if they bat well against the Indian spinners.”
“India is not in good shape and if Australia can get a win early, we might win the series. But a lot of work needs to be done. India will no doubt prepare turning pitches or ''Bunsen burners'' as we like to call them,” he added.
The former cricket said, “The Australian batsmen must start preparing now by practising on substandard practice pitches. These will find your weakness very quickly and will really make you watch the ball.”
Jones, who played 52 Tests and 164 One-Day Internationals for Australia, shared his views on tacking spin bowlers.
“When you play against fast bowling you need to have physical courage to get behind the ball. The top half of your body is always under pressure, ducking and weaving short-pitched deliveries. When you play against quality spinners, you must have mental courage to be successful. And your footwork, or bottom half of your body, must be supple and nimble to move quickly to get to the pitch of the ball,” he added.
A few days ago, Australian newspapers looking ahead to the four-Test tour to India, highlighted problems ahead for the team, who will now be without 79-Test veteran Mike Hussey following his Test retirement.
Australia will travel to India for a month long Test series starting from February 22 to March 26.
First Published: January 12, 2013, 1:40 pm