In Dubai, the Australian team is going through rigorous training with a special emphasize to topple India in the forthcoming test series. Steve O’Keefe and other Aussie spinners are being advised to check boundaries, build pressure, and attack the stumps. The bowler is at Dubai dropping out from Sydney Sixers, his BBL team. The importance of Cricket Australia is apparent as O’Keefe was redirected to the training camp from the ongoing Big Bash League. The players are planning special attacks on top batsmen of India in the likes of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Karun Nair. The top spin options for Australia are O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon, the off spinner.
Currently, Rangana Herath, Monty Panesar and Daniel Vittori are guiding the team on bowling. Panesar was pressing on to stop batsmen from scoring boundaries. He said that it is a difficult task but can be achieved by bowling with variations in pace. The bowler has a good record against Indian batsmen. His priority is to make bowlers adaptable to drastic changes in pitch conditions. The pitches might be generally slow and spinning, but the bowlers are also preparing for variations when they come up being quicker and bouncy. O’Keefe said it is possible to build pressure by being a bit defensive. The pitch conditions will be a crucial element in the matches.
Meanwhile, Herath and Vettori betted on keeping pressure on by attacking the stumps. The coaches advised not to be overawed by the tournament. They also asked the bowlers to generalize the identities of batsmen at the other end. They are planning to attack such that the batsmen change the way of their defense. The key is to put the ball in the tight area over and over. O’Keefe agrees that India is a class team and batsmen are “exceptional” at home. He said it’s going to be a big job for the team.
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