Dean Jones says 'losing patience means losing battle' in Indian conditions

Sydney, Feb 21 (ANI): Former Australian batsman Dean Jones has advised the touring team to stay patient while playing against India in the sub-continental conditions during their upcoming Test series, starting in Chennai on Friday.

Jones, who made his life-changing and life-threatening 210 on the ground where the series starts, knows as well as anyone the task awaiting Clarke's men in the Tamil Nadu state capital, the Age reports.

In extreme September heat and humidity, Jones went to hell and back, vomiting, urinating involuntarily and enduring severe stomach discomfort before being taken to hospital after that double century in the tied Test 26 years ago.

Jones said the weather could be overwhelming, adding this is where the Australians got to really focus and put the blinkers on.

Jones added it is still a ball, it just doesn't bounce as much and it will turn a bit, adding India will find a weakness in your game if you don't stare it straight in the face and adapt."

Australia have won only once in Chennai, in 1969, and against a host nation on the slide, they have gone against the tide to include three fast bowlers and a fourth seamer in all-rounder and debutant Moises Henriques.

Jones sees great similarities to Border's team, who drew 0-0 over 25 years ago, in terms of personnel.

Border's men were also largely novices here. Jones's epic was scored in only his third Test, and he said the same principles applied.

Jones said the Australian team had a motto in '86 and it was lose patience and lose the battle.

Jones said that goes back to the way you treat the waiters, the way you treat the people, adding they were actually the first to enjoy it there, and previously you were told it was a bugger of a place, you get sick, and players were mentally psyched out before they even got there. (ANI)


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