Red-hot Warner has a plan for Ashwin

Red-hot Warner has a plan for Ashwin

Australia will not only depend on his starts but also would want David Warner to counter  Ravichandran Ashwin’s threat for which the explosive opener has a “game plan ready”.

“I have to respect a player like Ashwin. He thinks like a batsman and I have to be disciplined against him. I have a game plan for him –– I have to bat against his strength. He is going to be ready for me and we both have to adapt to the situation. It’s going to be a great battle between us. I have to bide my time,” Warner told ‘India Today’.

Talk about the India series and there would be an obvious reference about captain Virat Kohli. Warner was effusive in his praise for the Indian batting mainstay.

“Virat Kohli is in the form of the decade. He is a fantastic player and a great sport. He is exceptional in all formats and he is taking the entire country on a journey. He wants the country to ride with him. Virat is frank and he calls a spade a spade. Joe Root, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis and Kohli thrive on responsibility. These young players are unstoppable. Virat is a great example of scoring big tons,” Warner said.

Warner said that the famous Aussie sledging can work both ways for Kohli as he knows how to deal with such situations.

“Sledging can work both ways with Virat. Great players know how to deal with it. We have to find a way of getting into the opposition’s minds. It could be banter or field placements.

“It is actually playing your brand of cricket. Sledging or banter is just one of the ways to upset the opposition,” he said.

Aussies slog it out
The Australian players slogged it out in nets on Wednesday in Mumbai, two days after landing for the four-match rubber starting on February 23 in Pune.
The visitors, after landing in the megapolis on Monday, had their first practice session at the Brabourne Stadium in South Mumbai.

Most of the batsmen, including left-handed David Warner, skipper Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Usman Khawaja, practised in nets. The batsmen also focused on running between the wickets. Some of the players also practised slip catching.

Fully aware they will face a potent spin attack on Indian pitches, the Aussies were seen playing spinners - local ones besides some delivers from their spin consultant Sriram Shridharan.

“It’s a great challenge to play here in India. We know if we can pull something off and win a series here, we can look back at it in 10-20 years as some of the best times in our life. It’s a great occasion to play here in India,” Smith had said on Tuesday.
PTI

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