<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Australian media warns team over India's spin threat in upcoming tour" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130107093842.jpg" title="Australian media warns team over India's spin threat in upcoming tour" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:619px;"> Australia made hard work of chasing down 141 runs for victory against Sri Lanka at the SCG © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Sydney: Jan 7, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Michael-Hussey-bows-out-in-style-as-Australia-complete-clean-sweep-over-Sri-Lanka/21758" target="_blank">Australia's series win over Sri Lanka</a> did nothing to ease the uncertainty over their batsmen facing <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India</a>'s spinners on next month's tour to the subcontinent, newspapers said on Monday.<br /> <br /> Australia made hard work of chasing down 141 runs for victory on a turning Sydney Cricket Ground pitch before wrapping up a five-wicket win in the final Test and a 3-0 series clean sweep.<br /> <br /> Left-arm spinner <a href="/tags/Rangana-Herath/post" target="_blank">Rangana Herath</a> took three wickets for 47 and had most of the Australian top order in trouble in a tense few hours late on Sunday's fourth day.<br /> <br /> Australian newspapers, looking ahead to the four-Test tour to India, sense problems ahead for the team, who will now be without 79-Test veteran <a href="/tags/Michael-Hussey/post" target="_blank">Mike Hussey </a>following his Test retirement.<br /> <br /> "Australia won a Test yesterday, but missed a precious chance to get their house in order," <em>News Ltd'</em>s Robert Craddock said.<br /> <br /> "As a consequence, they will fly into India for a four-Test tour a bit like an explorer heading into a dark forest at night.<br /> <br /> "A pungent whiff of uncertainty is in the air."<br /> <br /> Craddock said there were two unsolved issues in the Australian team ahead of the series in India.<br /> <br /> "There are two major issues which will land like a bag of cement on Australia's doorstep in India -- the choice of a second spinner to support Nathan Lyon and the recall of Usman Khawaja as the long-term replacement for Mike Hussey," he said.<br /> <br /> Similarly, the <em>Sydney Morning Herald</em> said the final Test revealed some of the problems ahead of Australia in India.<br /> <br /> "Those three nervous hours at the SCG were just a foretaste of Chennai and Hyderabad," cricket writer Malcolm Knox said.<br /> <br /> "It won't have gone unnoticed that the batsman who coped with the spin bowling and noisy close-in fields better than anyone except Clarke was the bloke who came in at No.5 (Hussey).<br /> <br /> "A cover-drive, a pull, a reverse-sweep, and safe carriage to the end. Farewell, Mr Cricket, we'll miss you. And for your team, 46 days from now in Delhi, they'll miss you."<br /> <br /> Knox said only Clarke and his dancing feet looked relatively at ease playing spin in the Sydney Test.<br /> <br /> He added that Australia's run chase was more tense than the scorecard indicated and was a guide to how the batsmen will fare in the Test series in India.<br /> <br /> Clarke admitted Australia's batsmen needed to work on ways to play India's spinners on their conducive wickets.<br /> <br /> "Especially in the second innings on the subcontinent, it is generally very tough to play spin bowling," he said after Sunday's win.<br /> <br /> "There's areas we need to continually get better at, spin bowling is one of those areas. In a couple of months' time we're going to be faced with conditions that do spin a lot so there's no better place to get better than on the subcontinent."