Adam Gilchrist, the last Australian skipper to win a Test series on Indian soil, has advised the side to be patient rather than aggressive.
Australia hasn’t won a Test series in India in almost 18 years, and they’ll have another chance next month.
There are only approximately three weeks left until Australia sets out on the difficult India tour, where they will first face off against their illustrious rivals in a four-Test series. Their consecutive home series wins over West Indies and South Africa must have given them more confidence, but India is a different game where spinners have a significant impact on the result.
Australia has prepared for this by including four specialist spinners in their Test team, including the seasoned Nathan Lyon who will be joined by Ashton Agar, Mitchell Swepson, and rookie Todd Murphy.
Additionally, if necessary, Australia Test captain Pat Cummins can call up the part-timers Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, and Steve Smith.
“Attack the stumps right from ball one”: Adam Gilchrist
The team has been cautioned against going overboard and instead instructed to exercise patience by Adam Gilchrist, the last Australian captain to experience a Test series victory on Indian soil.
In 2004, Australia defeated England 2-1, and Adam Gilchrist served as the interim captain. He relied on his frontline attack, which included the pace trio of Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, and Michael Kasprowicz, as well as one lone specialist spinner in Shane Warne, to engineer the historic victory.
“What we tried to change with our mentality back then – and I’d be interested to see if the Australians do it this time – is don’t go searching and just rolling spinners out there,” Adam Gilchrist was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.
“Attack the stumps right from ball one. Swallow your pride a bit, and be defensive to be aggressive… Start with one slip, start with a catching mid-wicket, put fielders out on the boundary to nullify the boundary option, but keep a couple of catchers in place – either at the short cover or short mid-wicket – and just be patient,” Adam Gilchrist added.
The four Tests against Australia will be part of the World Test Championship cycle, which is currently underway. With India still in contention for a position in the final, a victory over Australia would be critical.