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Ashwin ready for Australian challenge

Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 15:12 [IST]
 
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Ashwin to battle Aussies

Canberra, Dec 20: Having picked up four wickets against Cricket Australia Chairmans XI at Manuka Oval on Tuesday, India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said that he has done his homework well and is all set for the upcoming four-match Test series against Australia, starting on December 26.

"You have to spin it and rub it on the batsmen. First few days of a Test, I dont expect the ball to turn. It has to be in the air, and later exploit the rough," said Ashwin, who took 4 for 52 today to help reduce Chairmans XI to 214 for seven at stumps on day two after Indians were all out for 269 in a three-day warm-up match.

"For the left-handers you attack the stumps and for the right-hander bowl outside the off-stump," he added.

Ashwin admitted that he has been speaking to a few umpires and also consulting with his seniors like Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman who have had enormous success in these conditions.

"Later, probably if I could sit down with Shane Warne and chat with him. Meanwhile, 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," he said.

Ashwin was named the man-of-the-match in his first series against West Indies last month, where he took 22 wickets for 121 runs, and also scored a maiden Test century.

The lad from Chennai said he was surprised that Chairman XIs batsmen did not attack him enough on the second day of the three-day match.

"I was very surprised that they were not attacking me. I bowled a few bad balls, I wasnt hit for a six. I am always prepared to be hit for a few sixes anyway."

PTI

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