Bowl in tandem and knock them over: Ashwin’s plan for Australia

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SYDNEY: Partnerships will hold the key not just in batting but bowling as well during India’s Test clashes with Australia as the hosts cannot really be blown away in a single burst, India off-spinner R. Ashwin said on Friday.
India and Australia begin a four-match Test showdown from December 6 in Adelaide.
Ashwin said India got good bowling practice in the ongoing warm-up game ahead of the first Test here. Cricket Australia XI finished day three on 356-6 with Ashwin taking 1-63 from 24 overs and Mohammed Shami picking 3-67 from 18 overs.
“You have to stitch together partnerships even when bowling and it’s very important to ascertain your role to get what you can out of the game,” Ashwin said at the end of day’s play.
“It’s very important to soak together good partnerships as a bowling group then try and knock them over. You won’t blow oppositions away, it might happen once in a while – but you have to get your noses ahead and keep it ahead,” he said.
Ashwin said he expects the wickets to be flat, which would require his teammates to play “smart cricket through the series”.
Ashwin said bowling in partnerships will be of paramount importance especially since India will be missing a fifth bowler in injured Hardik Pandya.
Indian bowlers did well in England and South Africa but considering the nature of pitches, they are in for a long haul. Ashwin has his plans ready for the challenge.
“As a spinner it’s important to stick it out there in the first innings, if I get some help in the second innings then try to pitch in. That’s similar to how I came here last time, I had a very good series and that was one of the turning points in my career,” he said.
“It’s more about getting your noses ahead in Australia. Every hour, the game can get away from you really fast in the field. We have some quality batsmen who can take the game away from them.
On his own bowling effort in the practice game, Ashwin said he is quite pleased with the results he got.
“In practice matches, you are looking to get something out of it for yourself. I think we got pretty much what we wanted to get out of it.
“I thought the ball came out pretty well (off my hand). I haven’t played an international game for a while so it felt good the way it came out. In the next 4-5 days I will prep up a bit more for the game,” he said.—PTI