Kane Williamson Advises Australia Before Their Test Series In India
Kane Williamson’s side was on the wrong side of the result in both Tests as well as the One-Day International series last year. They were whitewashed 3-0 in the Test series but the way they played in the ODIs, it was quite clear that they had got a measure of the playing conditions in India. Williamson spent over a month with his team in India and is well aware of how the pitches and the conditions in India are.
And the New Zealand skipper has now come up with some valuable advise for his trans-Tasman rivals who are set to go to India for a four-match Test series.
“It’s a very tough place to tour. Australia are a very good side and they’ll have to adapt quickly, and well,” Williamson said.
Speaking on the kind of surfaces to expect, he said: “It also depends a lot on the surfaces they may come up against. They (India) have 13 Test matches at home this summer and a lot of the surfaces have been very, very different.
“The toss is quite important as well,” he opined.
Williamson further said that he was expecting a good performance from Steve Smith’s men who have spent a lot of time in India.
However, the visitors will have to play out of their skin if they want to avoid a repeat of the disastrous series of 2013 when they were blanked 4-0 by MS Dhoni’s men. The team from Down Under has endured a horrid time in the sub-continent in the last one decade or so. Since the Test against Bangladesh in 2006 when Jason Gillespie’s double century led them to a huge win, the team from Down Under has won just one Test. Since then, they have lost 13 of the 17 Tests they’ve played in Asia – including the 3-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka last year.
“They’ve spent a lot of time in India. They know what to expect,” Williamson said. I’m sure they’ll fight hard.”
Australia are holding a practice camp in Dubai prior to the series in India. Several members of the team had gone to Dubai last week while few of them like Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell and Shaun Marsh, who were playing in New Zealand, have joined them late. But Aaron Finch, who led the team in Steve Smith’s absence, insisted that the players will be able to prepare themselves for the intra-squad game in the UAE.
“They’ve got a three-day game in Dubai so there’s still plenty of time for them to get their heads around batting in the subcontinent and Test cricket,” Finch said.
“The transition will be fine for them, it’ll be a case of just batting, batting and batting (in Dubai).
“For the quicks (Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood) it’s a totally different game altogether but the basics are still the same, so I think they’ll be fine going into that Test series. They’ll still take a lot of confidence (from the ODI series),” he added.
Australia starts their series in Pune on February 23 before heading to Bengaluru, Dharamsala and Ranchi for the remaining Tests.
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