Glenn McGrath advises Australian bowlers ahead of India tour

I thought Umesh (Yadav), Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and Ishant (Sharma) were brilliant but Umesh stood out in the first innings. When you get a sniff really go for it. With the Indian cricket team looking stronger than ever and on the cusp of eternal greatness after 19 Tests unbeaten, former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath has advised his team to stem the flow of runs while also having a different strategy on each wicket. Few Australian captains have faced a contract as tough as this, but Steven Smith prefers to look at the satisfaction to be derived from what could be one of the most unexpected triumphs in all Test history. I think the moment you just start defending then you are probably in trouble.

"If they want to get into a battle verbally, and that gets the best out of them then go for it".

A recent change that can be observed in Smith's batting when he plays spinners is that he stays in his crease.

What's your take on the spin duo of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who are in the midst of a golden run?

"Well, I did advance down the wicket once at the start of the summer and got out LBW [to South African left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj in Perth]". So, I chose to stay back in my crease a little bit. I'm pretty clear with the way I play.

India face Australia in four Tests - all live on Sky Sports - with Ashwin, who has taken 254 wickets in just 45 matches - the main threat to the touring batsmen.

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"All of our batsmen will have our game plan to counter what Ashwin brings. But I still think the quicks have a big role to play as well", Clarke said on a Facebook live chat.

"If we have two world class spinners in your side, you can tell the fast bowlers to come in and attack".

READ|Could this be the greatest India team of all time? He slammed his fourth double hundred as India crushed Bangladesh by 208 runs in the one-off Test. Kohli has also accumulated the most test runs for an Indian batsman in a season, beating Virender Sehwag's record of 1105 runs in 2004-05.

One of the most famous images that is still etched in the memories (good or bad) of the cricket fans from both the nations is that of the 2001 Kolkata Test, when Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman powered Sourav Ganguly's India to scintillating comeback victory after being asked to follow-on by the visitors. "We had some hard conditions in Dubai where the balls were turning and there was inconsistent bounce and things like that". Their last win came against Sri Lanka in 2011.

Reverse swing: It's going to be incredibly important in this series.

"I've learned a fair bit along the way", he said, about the last eight months.

  • Lawrence Cooper