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Alex Carey warns Australia of the threat posed by Indian pacers’ reverse-swing


When it came to preparing for their highly anticipated four-match Test series, which begins on Thursday, Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey reminded his squad of the danger that the Indian pacers’ reverse swing may provide. Prior to traveling to India, Australia decided against playing “irrelevant” tour games there and instead practiced with SG balls on specially constructed spinning surfaces in Sydney. On the margins of their four-day training session, Carey told reporters, “I found the reverse swinging ball challenging going to Pakistan because there was a lot of spin discussion.

He remembered their tour game in Bengaluru in 2018, when pacers and spinners both had an effect, and Mohammed Siraj had an 11-wicket match haul.

The 31-year-old player stated, “I played a four-day game (for Australia A versus India A) in 2018 and a lot of the buzz was about spin and perhaps forgot a bit how devastating both team’s fast bowlers are with the reverse-swinging ball, with a wicket that can be a bit up and down.

Carey also brought up the Australians’ drew Test series in Sri Lanka in July of last year, where they had to adjust to various pitch conditions.

“We played two Test matches at Galle on two distinct pitches. So, have an open mind about who we will face, the squad they will deploy, and the situation I will be in “said he.

“I think that’s terrific about this squad, the experience we do have. The game ebbs and flows between spin and fast bowling, dry intervals, and periods where it will score swiftly.” Carey stated that the visiting squad is aware of the Indian side’s potential and would make plans appropriately.

We haven’t really discussed our playing style; each player decides how to play. Since Renners (Matthew Renshaw) is a bit taller and can go to the pitch of the ball since he has been here and succeeded, it may be necessary for Travis to explore that (attacking) game a little. However, it is up to each person to own his game, and we will support them in doing so. Carey, who is renowned for his instinct to attack spinners, said: “I prefer to sweep in most situations, most formats, then (it’s) playing the conditions.

“It’s a thrilling Test trip; mayhem will occasionally occur, and wickets will drop; just attempt to control such circumstances. Hopefully the batsmen can really go big when we are ahead “Carey, who has not participated in an Indian Test match, added.

India has won 15 straight Test series at home, an impressive record since their loss to England in 2012. No other team has ever won more than 10 consecutive home series.

The top-ranked Australian team has a good lead at the top of the standings and a place in the World Test Championship final. India, ranked second, will need to win by a score of at least 3-0 or 3-1 in order to advance to their second consecutive WTC Final.

With two Tests each remaining in the current cycle, Sri Lanka and South Africa, who are ranked third and fourth in the WTC rankings, are also competing for a spot in the championship game.

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