The 31-year-old Australia National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey has revealed that they are fully aware of the reverse-swing threat on Indian soil amid all the spin talk.
The Aussies have already started their preparations in Bengaluru for the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy against India. They are currently involved in a four-day training camp at the KSCA Ground in Alur, where several local spinners were called to help the batters prepare for the marquee Test series.
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The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur will host the first Test from February 9 to 13, and the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi will host the second Test from February 17 to 21. The third Test will be played at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala from March 1 to 5 and the fourth Test will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad from March 9 to 13.
Meanwhile, the wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey recalled the Australia tour of Pakistan 2022 and said that there was a lot of spin talk heading into the series, but he had the most difficulty in dealing with reverse swinging deliveries. He also talked about the match between Australia A and India A at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru in 2018 where the pacers were equally dominant as spinners.
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“Going to Pakistan it was a lot of spin talk and I found the reverse swinging ball difficult,” he told reporters, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
“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.”
It’s up to the individual to own their game then we back them in to do that – Alex Carey
Alex Carey further said that he likes to take on the spinners with sweep shots, but added that he will have to consider the playing conditions and will have to be open-minded while playing spin.
“I like to sweep in most circumstances, most formats, then [it’s] playing the conditions,” he said.
“We went to Galle for two Tests and they were two different wickets. So be open-minded about what we are going to come up against, what team they put on the park and what scenario I come in at.”
Alex Carey further said that they have not talked a lot about the approach the batters will adopt in the Test series against India and it will be up to each individual to find out the methods and techniques that work best for them. He said that for a player like Travis Head, who has not done well in the subcontinent, the attacking brand of cricket might work.
“We haven’t really spoken about it too much, the way as a group we are going to play, it’s the individual basis. For Travis it might be exploring that [attacking] game a bit, Renners [Matthew Renshaw] is a bit taller and can get to the pitch of the ball – he has been here and succeeded – so it’s up to the individual to own their game then we back them in to do that.
“It’s an exciting Test tour, there will be chaos at times, wickets will fall at times, just try to manage those situations. When we are on top hopefully the batters can really go big. I haven’t been here in and played Test cricket but have seen it on TV and if you are on top try to drive it in, and if you’re not try to find a way to get some momentum back,” Alex Carey said.
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