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Ravichandran Ashwin (AFP Photo)

Australia hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for foreign spinners in recent times. Be it Sri Lanka great Muttiah Muralitharan, England’s Graeme Swann, India’s Harbhajan Singh – all have struggled to replicate their success when playing in a Test in Australian conditions.

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In the backdrop of his history, Ravichandran Ashwin has his task cut out as he plots a plan alongside his India teammates for their first ever Test series win in the country.

His record in Australia isn’t inspiring either – his bowling average of 25.44 in Test cricket skyrockets to around 55 Down Under.

Keeping that in mind, Ashwin has worked around his bowling and made some adjustments which will help him in cracking the conditions this time around, his India teammate Cheteshwar Pujara has revealed.

“I always say that he’s a clever bowler.” Pujara told reporters on Monday ahead of the first Test that starts in Adelaide from December 6. “He reads the batsmen really well. And if you see his recent bowling, I think he’s made a lot of changes. I can’t describe what it is, not in front of the media, but he’s made some adjustments which have helped him.

Ashwin has played county cricket [for Worcestershire] and then made a good impression during India’s tour of England earlier this year. While at home, he’s been India’s match-winner with the ball, his role takes a backseat in conditions which are more suited to pacers. But having toiled in such unfriendly conditions, the 32-year-old has now gained enough experience of how to excel when things aren’t in his favour, Pujara added.

“He’s also played some county cricket and he’s played enough cricket in England, which is obviously overseas – different conditions, not much help for the spinners. So I think playing in Australia, he knows what he has to do. He has also played a series in 2014. So he’s very confident now and whatever adjustments he has to make, he’s already done it,” he said.