IND vs AUS 2023: Australia Star Reminds Team of Reverse-swing Threat Amidst Talk of Spin Domination

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Last Update: February 04, 2023, 13:44 IST

Alex Carey wants both the teams to be aware of how fast bowlers can use reverse swing to cause damage.  (AP Photo)

Alex Carey wants both the teams to be aware of how fast bowlers can use reverse swing to cause damage. (AP Photo)

Ahead of the four-match Test series, there has been a lot of talk about the threat Indian spinners pose to the visiting Australian team.

Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey has reminded his team of how much reverse swing can wreak havoc on Indian pacers even as the hosts prepare for the four-match Test series starting on Thursday. Was on ,

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“There was a lot of talk of spin going to Pakistan and I found the reverse swing ball difficult,” Carey told reporters in Alur on the sidelines of their four-day training camp.

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He recalled their tour game in Bengaluru in 2018 when the pacers were making a similar impact as the spinners and Mohammed Siraj returned to the match with 11 wickets.

“I played a four-day game (for Australia A against India A) in 2018 and a lot of the talk was about spin and maybe a little forgotten how much damage the reverse-swinging ball does to both the team’s fast bowlers Can be a bit up and down with one wicket,” the 31-year-old said.

Carey also recalled the drawn Test series in Sri Lanka in July last year, where the Australian team had to adjust to different pitch conditions.

“We went to Galle for two Tests and they were two different wickets. So keep an open mind about who we’re going to come up against, what team they keep in the park and what scenarios I come in,” he added.

“The game swings between spin and fast bowling, dry periods, periods where it will score quickly… think that’s what’s great about this team, the experience we have.”

Carey said the visiting team understands the potential of the Indian side and will plan accordingly.

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“We will talk to people who have played (in India) in the past and we will have a meeting of our batsmen soon. We will be facing a lot of different spinners over the next few days, our spinners are bowling well too, so it’s all about hitting the ground running.

“We haven’t really spoken about the way we’re going to play, it’s an individual basis. For Travis it could be that (the attacking) game is a bit short, Renner’s (Matthew Renshaw) is a bit tall. And can reach the pitch of the ball – he’s been here and been successful – so it’s up to the individual to be a master of their game and then we back them to do that.”

Carey, known for his attacking instincts against spinners, said: “I like to sweep in most formats, in most situations, then (it) is like playing in the conditions.

“It’s an exciting Test tour, there will be chaos at times, wickets will fall at times, just try to manage those situations. When we are at the top, we expect the batsmen to deliver really big performances,” said Carey, who has not played Test cricket in India.

Since their defeat against England in 2012, India hold the record of 15 consecutive Test series wins at home. No team has won more than 10 home series in a row.

With a healthy lead at the top of the standings, the No.1 ranked Aussies have a leg up World Test Championship Final. Number two India will need to win at least 3-0 or 3-1 to make it to consecutive WTC finals.

Sri Lanka and South Africa, who are third and fourth respectively in the WTC standings, are also fighting for a place in the finals and have two Tests each in the current cycle.

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