CA Chairman's XI v Indians, Canberra, 2nd day December 20, 2011

Ashwin steps up preparation ahead of Tests

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R Ashwin, who was the most effective of India's bowlers on day two of the tour match against the CA Chairman's XI in Canberra, has said that he has worked on his strategy ahead of the Test series.

"You have to spin it; for the few days of a Test, I don't expect the ball to turn," Ashwin told PTI. "It has to be in the air [have flight], and later [in the Test you can] exploit the rough. For the left-handers you attack the stumps and for the right-hander bowl outside the off-stump."

"I have been speaking to a few umpires and they say it spins on day four and five. But I have to look at the match as a whole, keep spinning and flighting the ball, and hoping the batsmen would attack me. Later, probably, if I could sit down with Shane Warne and chat with him [it would help]."

Ashwin picked up four of the seven wickets the Indians claimed on the second day, while reducing the Chairman's XI to 215 for 7. He said that he had expected the batsmen to be more aggressive against him. "I was very surprised that they were not attacking me. I bowled a few bad balls, I wasn't hit for a six. I am always prepared to be hit for a few sixes anyway."

His victims included centurion Ed Cowan, Phillip Hughes, Tom Cooper and Alex Doolan. He particularly enjoyed Doolan's dismissal, he said. "It [the delivery] didn't have much of spin but it just bounced a bit more. The catch belonged to Ajinkya Rahane … I haven't seen such a good catch for a long time." Doolan was caught at forward short leg for a duck.

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  • dummy4fb on December 23, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    naresh ive watched two yearss back but question is where is that guy but still we have 2 quicks aaron and yadavbowls at 150 and ishant can also touch problem is fitness also selection committe banglorians might feel bad but truth is vinay mithun are club bowler plz selectors come out of zonal biasness we have talent in india just pick quicks not ganguly type bowlers

  • zenboomerang on December 23, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas... Not sure what you are worried about... The pitch in Canberra is no better than the ABField ground... Expect the MCG to have more grass & higher humidity - this will assist bowlers from both teams - so it will be up to how the batters handle the pitch... Raining Sat & Sun... Then 1st day morning showers cloudy, Tues afternoon showers cloudy, Wed cloudy clearing... Seamers for first 2-3 days...

  • Naresh28 on December 22, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    @invincibles - instead of just taking on Kohli, India should play both Rohit and Kohli as they are both in form. One of the big three should left out. This will also improve the fielding standard. The question is who? @apoorv - check out this Indian fast pacer - hope India can groom him to take India to higher levels on fast pace department. Here is the link:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zMsCoXEFGk

  • VishyRules on December 22, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Ashwin will have definitely a part to play in the series if India are to win it.It will be a real test for him alien conditions which I guess he will manage fine.

    Regarding talks about Rahul Sharma he will get his chance.Poor lad Ashwin earned his chance after being sidelined for a long time coz of Bhajji's presence.He deserves a fair run before anyone can actually replace him.

  • Invincibless on December 22, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    @t20superstars, Rohit and Kohli are not fighting anymore, Kohli already won the race.. he is inn...

  • dummy4fb on December 22, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas : chill, man..The sole purpose of a practice match is to help the players adjust to the local conditions and warm up..Be happy that both zak and ishant are fit to play the 1st match.They will look different once the match starts..

  • VishyRules on December 22, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    How funny. Laxman should be dropped making way for Rohit sharma? you can't be serious? Yeah,Rohit is talented and he seems to be in a good niche but I don't think he deserves a test spot just like that given his attitude to throw the wickets away.We have seen it hell lot of ODIs in the past except the recent 6 months or so.If there is someone who had been given overwhelming chances in the recent times citing "Talent", "Potential" etc then it should be him.

    And Laxman should be dropped? India can better cancel the Oz tour and come back.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 22, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    Don't know if that's what we have got in our bowling. If the tour games are any indication of what we have, then I just feel sorry for our batsmen. It's going to be a huge uphill task for our team to take 20 wickets or put pressure on their batsmen even if we score huge by batting first. Signs are not good at all.....

  • GobbleUpCricket on December 22, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    India is in a dilemma. Dravid at 3 may be the best thing going on for India atm but not necessarily the best XI. The best XI, in my humble opinion, is for Dravid to open, VVS at 3 ( VVS has done well at 3 ) and for both the in form Rohit and Kohli in the XI and see how VVS performs in 2 innings. It is plain obvious that Ghambir is struggling ; has been for a while. If VVS struggles against the hard red ball at 3, then depending on how well Rohit and Kohli performs, either drop VVS or one of them. With both ZK and Ishant's fitness being suspect, I would have ZK, Umesh , Ashwin and Ojha for bowlers and perhaps use Kohli and Rohit in hold up roles.

  • AnandSathiyamurthy on December 22, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    Of course Ashwin is a fantastic bowler... But i dont know why he revealing the secrets before the series begin.. He should show it in action instead of showing it in words.

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