India vs Australia 2013: Attack the spinners, says Shane Watson

Shane Watson will play in India as a specialist batsman © AFP (Representation Pic)

Sydney: Feb 18, 2013

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has advised his teammates to go after the Indian spinners to counter the turn on wickets that will assist a lot of spin bowling for the four-match Test series starting on February 22 at Chennai.

“You’ve certainly got to attack the spinners in a way that you can’t just allow them to be able settle in to a certain line and length,” Watson said, as reported by

“In Indian conditions, at some stage, the ball is going to turn and bounce and do something a little bit different and you certainly do have to put a bit of pressure on the spinners, like we do against the quicks as well.”

“I think the [foreign players] who have the most success on the [sub-continent] are the ones who have really seemed to be quite proactive with how they’re playing against spin.”

The Australian side has suffered at the hands of spinners in the warm-up games played so far and are following on in the ongoing match.

“There is no doubt that’s what India is going to hit us with and that’s the reason why we’ve come here early to continue to evolve,” he said.

“Some guys haven’t played in Indian conditions before in Test matches and it’s been a big learning curve for a lot of the guys to continue to improve their game and also find the game plan that’s going to give themselves the best chance of having success over here.”