The last time Australia won a Test series against India was in 2004 © Getty Images
Melbourne: Feb 7, 2013
The wickets in India might be considered a spinner’s paradise but Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle feels his team’s chances of winning the upcoming Test series there would depend on how well its pacers perform on the dustbowls.
India were beaten at home by England, who relied on their spinners to wreck the famed the batting line-up of the hosts, but Siddle feels every team has to play to its strengths.
“The best way of attacking India is with whatever your best line-up is. The way we’ve won Test matches for years now has been with our pace and I think that is going to play a big role,” Siddle told ‘The Age’.
“But Nathan [Lyon] is going to play a big role at the other end, and his game is going to flourish even more with the pressure we build at our end.”
“Combined, we’ll do well and definitely be able to take 20 wickets. We’re strong, we’ve got a good set of quicks going over and we’ve got good back-up for Nathan over there with spin,” he added.
The last time Australia won a Test series against India was in 2004. Siddle said to repeat that, the Aussie bowlers will have to be very consistent.
“Trying to bowl as straight and be as patient as we can be. In India the games go a little bit slower because the wickets are hard to score on so it’s about patience, setting the right fields with your captain and bowling to your fields. Our side is disciplined enough now to go about it in that way,” he said.
The first of four Tests starts in Chennai on February 22.
“You look back at the series results we’ve had over there and it has been hard work for us. It’s been a tough stomping ground.
“This is a new-look set-up, a new-look team and hopefully we can stamp our authority,” he said.