Offie says it’s very important to to get good partnerships as a bowling group

Partnerships will hold the key not just in batting, but bowling as well, during India’s Test matches against Australia as the hosts cannot really be blown away in a single burst, visiting off-spinner R. Ashwin said on Friday.

India and Australia begin a four-match Test showdown from December 6 in Adelaide.

Ashwin said India got good bowling practice in the ongoing warm-up game ahead of the first Test here. “You have to stitch together partnerships even when bowling and it’s very important to ascertain your role to get what you can out of the game,” Ashwin said.

“It’s very important to to get good partnerships as a bowling group, then try and knock them over. You won’t blow oppositions away, it might happen once in a while — but you have to get your noses ahead and keep it ahead,” he said.

Ashwin said he expects the wickets to be flat, which would require his teammates to play “smart cricket through the series.”

The off-spinner said India will be missing a fifth bowler as Hardik Pandya is injured.

The Indian bowlers did well in England and South Africa, but considering the nature of the pitches, they are in for a long haul. Ashwin has his plans ready for the challenge.

“As a spinner it’s important to stick it out there in the first innings, if I get some help in the second innings then try to pitch in.

“That’s similar to how I came here last time, I had a very good series and that was one of the turning points in my career,” he said.

On his own bowling effort in the practice game, Ashwin said he was quite pleased.

I do feel the result will go India’s way to the tune of a 2-0 or 3-0 result, as I just can’t see Australia winning a Test anywhere

Dean Jones

Certainly, on talent, they [the Indians] should beat this Australian side, but there might just be something missing. The other thing is the Australian attack

Ian Chappell

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