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India vs Australia: Shane Watson feels upcoming tour can't be worse than that in 2013

Melbourne: Former all-rounder Shane Watson feels that Australia's upcoming tour of India can't go worse than the 2013 series when he, along with four other cricketers, were suspended for disciplinary breaches.

File photo of former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson. Reuters

File photo of former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson. Reuters

"It really can't get any worse than what it was in 2013," Watson was quoted as saying in the Cricket Australia website.

"So that's a good starting point because that's as bad as it can get, players getting suspended from a Test match. I'm sure that won't happen this time."

Australia were whitewashed 0-4 by India in the Test series in 2013 and Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja were handed a one-Test ban for 'homework-gate'.

Last Sunday, Australia named a spin-heavy 16-man squad with four specialist slow bowlers, including uncapped leg-spinner Mitch Swepson, and all-rounders Ashton Agar and Glenn Maxwell, for their four-Test tour of India in February-March.

However, Watson recalled how Australia won in 2004-05 with the pace trio of Glenn McGrath, Michael Kasprowicz and Jason Gillespie working with spin king Shane Warne.

"Obviously the way that you win over there is through spin bowling, but not necessarily only spin bowling," Watson said.

"The time the Aussie team won in 2004, they only had Shane Warne and three quick bowlers. It's more so just playing to your absolute strengths, playing your best players, who've got the best chance of being able to play in those extreme conditions than what we're used to."

The 35-year-old also heaped praise on young opener Matthew Renshaw who is facing tough competition from Shaun Marsh for a place in the starting eleven for the opening Test in Pune from 23 February.

"He knows his game incredibly well and I'm sure he'll just stick to his gameplan like he did in the Test matches he's played. I'm sure he'll have a lot of success," Watson said.

"For a young guy to be able to have so much control over what he's doing shows he's got what it takes to be successful in any conditions."


Updated Date: Jan 17, 2017 20:03 PM

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