Cricket is a complicated game. It’s a unique challenge of technique, mentality and physical ability and test cricket is the most complicated form of the sport.
However, when it comes to teams travelling for a test series against India there really is only one main question that needs to be asked. How well can the tourists play against spin bowling?
This current Indian test side comprises world class players with a host of different skills and strengths but there’s no doubt that it’s their spin bowlers that set them apart, especially when playing at home on dusty surfaces designed specifically to maximise turn and create inconsistent bounce.
The combination of India’s world class spinners and the conditions of the test ground wickets is enough to give this current Australia team sleepless nights.
The Baggy Greens get their four match test series against India underway on Thursday in Pune. Steve Smith is always confident about his team’s ability to handle any pressure but the omens don’t look good for them.
In the series against South Africa, it became clear that India were content to play all of their home test cricket on pitches which produce a huge amount of spin. That won’t only boost India’s chances of winning, it’ll also lessen Australia’s chances.