India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has underlined the value of bowling well in partnerships, considering it is tougher to run through the opposition in Australia than South Africa and England.
Ashwin said India got great bowling practice in the sole warm-up ahead of the first Test beginning December 6 at Adelaide.
“You do not turn up to Australia thinking wickets will seam or twist around. They’re always likely to be level we know that. We can’t really complain and we have to put it behind us to attempt to go play some good cricket.
Mostly the first innings are large scoring innings so we need to be aware to play with some smart cricket through the show,” he said on Friday.
Excited about the series, Ashwin said bowling in partnerships would be of paramount importance, especially since India will be missing a fifth bowler in injured Hardik Pandya.
“You have to stitch together partnerships when bowling and it is very important to ascertain your function to get what you can from this sport. It clearly changes the dynamics to the captain when he goes out with a single bowler less or one bowler more. But as a bowler personally it is still the same for me.
“As a spinner, it is important to stick it out there in the first innings when I get any help in the second innings then attempt to pitch. That is similar to the way I arrived here last time, I had an excellent series which was one of those turning points in my career.”
Indian bowlers did well in England and South Africa but considering the nature of pitches, they’re in a very long haul.
“It is more about getting your noses ahead in Australia. Every hour, the game can get away from you fast in the field. We’ve got some quality batsmen who will take the game away from them.
“It is very important to soak together good partnerships as a bowling set then attempt to knock them over. You won’t dismiss oppositions off it might happen once in a while but you need to get your noses ahead and keep it forward,” he explained.
Talking on Australia’s BrandNew non-aggression pact, Jones worried that Australia should not provoke India captain Virat Kohli. “Do not speak or provoke him. Make him your best mate.”
He said that the bowlers should seem to locate a weakness at the batsmen’s game. “Attempting to find a weakness in Kohli’s match is like trying to find something incorrect with the Mona Lisa. Teams need to stop his cover bowl and drive in various areas. At the beginning of Kohli’s innings, quicks will need to bowl at a fourth-stump line and also make him perform on the back foot. Do not give him width and length outside off-stump. Bowlers must attempt to place him up with brief stuff first and the strange wide ball around the driveway to find the border.