Shane Watson’s wise words for Australia ahead of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The four-match Test series will get off on February 9 in Nagpur.
Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has given excellent advise to all Australian batsmen. Ahead of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which starts on February 9. Watson encouraged the tourists to utilize a straight bat and backfoot strokes in order to not only survive but also perform well against Indian spinners.
Using an example from his career, the former player stated that when he arrived in India, he was unsure whether to utilize his feet to counter spin or wait for the ball to come to him. He added that he eventually perfected the skill, which is why he was successful in the subcontinent.
“Using a straight bat to strike off the back foot via the off side or leg side. I wish I had thought about it and acquired that instinct sooner since it is considerably lesser risk. All of the top players, particularly those from India, seldom employ cross-bat strokes, especially for draw shots. “They’ll use a straight bat to knock it through the leg side,” Watson told ESPNcricinfo.
“One thing I didn’t really do [in India] was just accept what I had at that moment in time, instead of attempting to be someone else. “Instead of thinking, ‘Well, this is what I’ve got right now, and this is the best approach for me to try and have success,’ I was thinking, ‘Should I utilize my feet this time to go out and cover the ball from spinning, or should I sit deep in the crease?'” he continued.
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Watson believes Jadeja can be massive threat to Australia
Ravindra Jadeja’s pace and accuracy, according to Watson, make him particularly difficult to select for right-handed hitters. He stated that the left-arm bowler has the ability to spin the ball and make it slide, which is why he may pose a significant threat to Australia in the forthcoming series.
“It’s like comparing facing him while the ball is turning to facing him when the ball isn’t turning. When the ball is spinning, it’s as if you’re facing a new bowler because he’s flatter, quicker, and more precise all of the time. He’s always at the stumps. One will either turn or slide through. “He’s incredibly difficult to work through as a right-hander, to find a way to not only survive but also score runs,” Watson said.