Australia team is taking the upcoming Indian tour seriously, given their captain and side’s best opener Steven Smith and David Warner, plans to use heavy bats to avoid getting bogged down against Indian spinners.
Looking at the way England played during their Indian tour, Australia would leave no stone unturned in getting themselves prepared for the series, where they don’t have a good record to look at. Australia, who in their last outing were whitewashed 4-0 in the series, had to go through a lot before landing in Australia.
The ‘homework-gate’ incident too came into play, when Mickey Arthur, then Australia’s head coach, suspended four of its senior players including that of Shane Watson for not obeying the orders.
The strict actions, however, didn’t help their cause as they went back home empty handed.
Warner, who has been Australia’s prolific run-scorer in the past is wary of his Indian competitors Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, as he is believed to take a much heavier bat along with him, which would give him better control on the slow decks against spin. The left-handed batsman uses Gray-Nicolls bat which weighs 1.23 kilogrammes in Australia, but for India, the weight would increase by 5 pounds to 1.28 kilogrammes.
Apart from this, Warner is expected to cut down the sweet spots on his bat just to add to his advantage. With so much so being done before the start of the series, it would exciting to see how execution plans out for the visitors and will these strategies actually help them improving their already bad looking record of losing 9 matches since 2012 in sub-continent.
The four-match Test series between India and Australia would commence on February 23rd in Pune.