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Aussies set to battle the expected in India

5 February, 2023
Alex Carey
Alex Carey

Australia are prepared for moments where batting could become chaotic against India, but will also enter the series with an open mind amid all the talk about the role spin could play.

The squad are currently in Bengaluru for a four-day training camp before heading to Nagpur where the first Test will take place from February 9.

A selection of the 18-player group started their preparations on specially-ordered surfaces in Sydney in a bid to replicate what will be on offer during the Tests and have been provided with reasonably spin-friendly conditions in Alur.

However, Alex Carey recalled the recent examples of last year’s tours of Pakistan and Sri Lanka where plans had to be adaptable and also an Australia A game he played in Bengaluru in 2018 where the pace bowlers had as much of a say as the spinners, including Mohammed Siraj who claimed an eight-wicket haul.

“Going to Pakistan it was a lot of spin talk and I found the reverse swinging ball difficult,” he told reporters. “I played a four-day game here in 2018 and a lot of the talk was spin and probably forget a bit how damaging both team’s fast bowlers are with the reverse-swinging ball, a wicket that might be a bit up and down.

“Having the game ebb and flow between spin and fast bowling, dry periods, periods where it will score quickly…think that’s great about this team, the experience we do have.

“We know the threats that India have. For a lot of the guys who have played in the past, we’ll speak to them and we’ll have our batters’ meeting soon.

“We’ll face a lot of different spinners throughout the next few days, our spinners [are] bowling well as well, so for everyone it’s getting our feet on the ground.”