BENGALURU: As Australia braces for a try through rotation in India, they fully recognize the threat a reverse swing can pose in the four Test series against Rohit Sharma’s men, tour wicketkeeper Alex Carey said on Friday.
Spin talk has dominated the build-up to the series between the world’s top two Test teams, who meet at the opener in Nagpur on Thursday.
The Australian batsmen trained at a worn-out pitch in Sydney before flying to India and have since rallied a bevy of local spinners for their net sessions in Bengaluru after opting not to play warm-up games.
Carey will be playing his first Test in India and the 31-year-old said Australia haven’t forgotten other threats lurking in these spin-friendly conditions.
“When I went to Pakistan there was a lot of talk and I found it difficult to turn the ball around,” Carey told reporters, referring to her subcontinent tour last year.
“When I played a four-day game here in 2018 there was a lot of spin and you’re probably forgetting a little how damaging both teams’ fast bowlers are with a return ball and at the wicket that could be a little bit up and down. “
Carey said Australia’s batting side have enough experience to deal with the challenges they will face in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.
“We prepare in the game to go back and forth between spin and fast bowling, dry spells and periods where we score fast,” he added.
“I think what’s great about this team is the experience we have. There are players who have been here a number of times and players who are new to being able to talk to other people about what they’re doing, their game to trust.”
“I think we’re going to enjoy this and take on this challenge. It’s going to be a big, big series.”