Tiwary doubt Australia’s ability to face Indian spinners
Indian Test-hopeful Manoj Tiwary launched the first warning to Australia about the upcoming Test series against India.
Tiwary, who scored 129 for India A against Australia, claimed a lot of the Australian’s were found “wanting” in their application against spin.
He told ESPN Cricinfo: “They haven’t played the spinners as well as they could have – because I think the technique was [found] wanting,
“They were not sure of their defence to be honest. That’s why they were not stretching enough to play the spin and not going back enough to play their shots.”
Australia started very well in response to India A’s 451 getting to 84-0 but closed on 131-4 after losing all four wickets to the spinners.
The Bengal born batsman insisted things were only going to get tougher for the Aussies as the quality of spin-bowling is to improve.
The 27-year-old added: “If this is the way they are going to bat, it’s going to be difficult for them to be honest… to face quality spinners like Harbhajan Singh, (Ravinchandran) Ashwin and (Pragyan)Ojha. The way they are bowling, it will be very difficult for them.”
Shane Watson, Australian vice-captain, launched a staunch defence of the players. Captaining in this game he added: “They have scored a lot of first-class runs in different conditions and it won’t take a very long time to find a game plan and a technique that will work here.”