Bowling is crucial to beat India: David Warner

Star opener David Warner asserted that the Australian bowlers will have to be at the top of their game if the visitors are to emerge triumphant during their upcoming Test series against India.
With the wickets in the sub-continent known to favour spinners, Warner felt that the Australian tweakers will have to take on most of the load.

“With the ball, we need to take early wickets upfront. Wickets are going to turn. Spinners will have to put their hands up, bowl long spells, and take wickets. Ashwin and Jadeja have been doing that for a long time in India”, he said, adding, “To take 20 wickets is going to be very challenging, but we are up for the task. We have to and we are definitely preparing for that,” Warner told a news channel.

Australia is scheduled to play four Test matches against India from February 23 to March 29 and Warner is expecting a tough time for the visitors.

The Indians are currently on a 19-match unbeaten streak and have also won their last six Test series.

Observing that the Indians had dominated the recent Test series against England at home, the 30-year-old left-hander opined that the Australians will have to be at their best in order to upstage the hosts.

“We do know that India is playing very good cricket and in their own backyard, they are exceptional. They crush teams. Look at the England series. England scored 400 to 500 runs, but India always seems to have an answer. For us as an Australian cricket team, we have to respond better than that,” Warner was quoted as saying by India Today.

“We have to have a plan in place and if not we will be crushed. We are here to play our best brand of cricket and to beat India,” he said.

Warner also praised Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli who is enjoying exceptional form this season with four double hundreds in the past four series.

“He is a fantastic player and a great sport”, he concluded.