Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke has advised his compatriot David Warner to take tips on playing spin bowling from former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, who is considered one of the best players of spin bowling.

The Australian opener has managed just 98 runs from four innings in the first two Tests of the ongoing series in India and has fallen three times to spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. The explosive batsman, who has done consistently well against India at home, is looking out of sorts on the Indian pitches especially against Ashwin, who has dismissed him nine times in his career, the most by any bowler.

“He should pick up the phone and speak to Sourav because no one played spin as a left-handed batsman as good as him. He can learn so much that the way he played spin. David Warner has all the shots but I am not sure if he has the confidence to play all those shots. At the moment he’s little bit uncertain and that’s because Ashwin has got him so many times,” Clarke told India Today.

On the other hand, Ganguly said the southpaw would have to work hard to succeed on Indian pitches.

“He’s got to fight hard on these pitches. It’s not like batting in Melbourne or Brisbane or Adelaide where the ball doesn’t spin. Ashwin bowling on those two pitches was lethal. Players with the caliber of Virat Kohli have not got runs because Nathan Lyon has bowled well to him, Australian spinners have bowled well to him,” Ganguly said.

The former Indian batsman further advised Warner to take a leaf out of the book of his illustrious predecessors, who excelled in tough Indian conditions.

“Ashwin will bowl well to Warner. He cannot just hit his way out of the pitches. He’s got to go back to Steve Smith’s way. He’s got to go back to Pujara way. The way he got runs in the second innings. He’s got to find out what are his shots on these pitches. What Matthew Hayden did, what Justin Langer did, what Steve Waugh did or what Michael Clarke did and play cricket accordingly. He’s got to be little more controlled. He’s got to learn from Steve Smith. It’s about fighting hard on these pitches,” he concluded.

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