Chennai, Feb 18: Apparently taking a cue from the success of English players, Australian batsman Shane Watson on Sunday (February 17) made it clear that his side will play aggressive against Indian spinners in the upcoming four-match Test series starting here from February 22.
Asked if the Australians will play like a Kevin Pietersen had done in England's successful Test tour of India recently, Watson said, "Absolutely. You've got to attack the spinners in a way that doesn't allow them to settle into a line and length and allow them to bowl that over and over again.
"You've got to put a bit of pressure on the spinners like we do against the quicks as well. The guys who have had most success here among foreign players are the ones who have done that. Pietersen is an amazing player of spin anyway and he's certainly very aggressive against spin.
"And that's where we have to find the gameplan to be able to have as much success as we can," said Watson who led the Australians in the second practice game against India 'A' here and hit a strokeful 84.
Watson felt that the visiting side would have enough acclimatisation to the Indian conditions by the time the second warm-up game ends tomorrow.
"Obviously it's not easy to start batting against spin in Indian conditions and that's why we have got two practice matches, which is to try and get the guys to get their games into a position where when the first Test starts, we have a game plan and we know who has a good chance of working out and executing our plans.
"There's no doubt that's what India is going to hit us with. That's the reason we have come here early, to continue to evolve. Some guys haven't played in Indian conditions before, in Test matches especially, so it's a big learning curve for a lot of the guys to be able to improve their game and also find their game plan so they give themselves the best chance of success over here," he said.
Asked if the team was affected by the retirement of stalwarts like of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey, Watson said, "It's not a concern. Losing Ponting and Hussey, there's always going to be a little bit of a change. Things are going to be a little unsettled.
"Especially in Indian conditions, because those guys have played very well in India in the past. That's a challenge for us no doubt, but we have the players to be able to handle any situation."