Adapting quickly will be the key to success in Australia: Manoj Tiwary

Manoj Tiwary said he has become more experienced since his first tour to Australia AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Kolkata: Jan 17, 2012

Right-handed batsman Manoj Tiwary said on Monday that the upcoming tri-series in Australia will be a test for him and getting familiar with the conditions will be the key.

“The tour will be a real test for me. The conditions in Australia are not easy at all. But I am preparing myself accordingly. I need to adapt to the conditions as quickly as possible,” Manoj said.

Tiwary had a bad outing during India s tour of Australia in 2008 where he was dismissed for two runs by a Brett Lee Yorker, in his only appearance during the ODI series.

“Since my first tour, a lot of time has passed. I have become more experienced and toured the country many more times (as part of A tours and Emerging Players’ meet). I’ve also been the highest run-getter in the Emerging Players tournament. I’ve been also following the Test series keenly. So, I have an idea on how the wickets will play in Australia,” Manoj explained.

“I am practising with wet tennis balls and heavy plastic balls, which are being thrown at me from 16 yards. As part of my preparations, I am also going to sit with the video analyst and see the strengths and weaknesses of the opponent bowlers.

But then, I think that even if you have prepared yourself to the best of your abilities, it will be meaningless if you fail to show proper application at the crease. Decision making and shot selection will be very important factors in Australia,” he said.

His scored his maiden hundred against West Indies in Chennai before retiring hurt during India s last ODI series at home.

“I think I played a good innings in Chennai. But that is past for me now. The knock will only give me the confidence to do well in the future and I hope to cash in on my good form,” Manoj was quoted having said to The Telegraph.

Manoj said he has been following the Test series Down Under very closely.

He said, “No doubt, the team is going through a bad phase. But I have been a part of the ODI set-up in the past few months and saw that the atmosphere in the dressing room was fantastic. I have got a lot of help from the seniors which has made me feel settled.”

About the controversies in Australia around the Indian cricket team, Manoj added, “There are various ways how a player reacts to sledging. Some react aggressively while some have a defensive approach. I have become mature and don’t easily lose my cool nowadays. But if I think that the opponent is crossing the line, I will give it back to them.”