David Warner was in a fine form against Pakistan in the recently concluded series    Getty Images
David Warner was in a fine form against Pakistan in the recently concluded series Getty Images

Sydney, Jan 10 (PTI) David Warner has started his preparations for the tour of India and the in-form Australian batsman has resorted to using a heavier bat to counter the conditions in the sub-continent. Warner will lower the sweet spot of his bat and have a heavier blade to tackle the lower bounce and sharp turn generated by the Indian spinners led by Ravichandran Ashwin, reported by the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’. The daily also reported that the Australian captain Steve Smith will use the same bat he uses in Australia. Warner’s Gray-Nicolls Kaboom bat weighs 1.23 kilogrammes in Australia but the one he plans to use in India will weigh around 1.28 kilogrammes.

His form holds key to Australia’s chances in India, where they were blanked 0-4 in their previous outing in 2013. Warner, too, would like to do better than what he managed in India four years ago, when he averaged 24.37 in four Tests. The southpaw has years of experience of playing in India, be it in Australia or in the Indian Premier League.

Warner has been in sublime form of late, having scored two hundred in the recently concluded three-Test series against Pakistan. Prior to that, he had smashed back-to-back ODI hundreds against New Zealand.

Warner also accepted that Australia will have no excuses but to bat well, pick up 20 wickets and adapt to the conditions if they desire to beat an in-form Indian team in their own backyard in the upcoming Test series, says vice-captain, David Warner. The Australians may be in high spirits having won last three Tests against Pakistan to win three-match series 3-0 but will head to India next month having lost nine consecutive Tests in Asia and with just one series win there since the late 1960s. But it would be easier said than done as the Virat Kohli-led Indian team is unbeaten in their past 18 Tests at home and recently completed a 4-0 series win over England, including two victories by an innings.