Watson seeking mantra to succeed against spin and swing in India

Sydney, Jan. 30 (ANI): Australian vice-captain Shane Watson has been training with batting mentor Mark O'Neill, during his injury-enforced lay-off, to prepare for his role as a specialist batsman in the upcoming four-match-Test series against India.

Watson, who has made his comeback from injury in a domestic one-dayer between New South Wales and Western Australia, said that one of his chief priorities was to find methods to combat the turn on spin-friendly wickets and the likelihood of the old ball reverse swinging in India, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

O'Neill has advised Watson to improve his footwork by shortening his front stride, which will allow better weight transfer to his feet and reduce the likelihood of being dismissed leg before.

Watson made one of his two Test centuries in India, where he averages 40 as opposed to a career aggregate of 37, but that was in the role of an opener. This time, he will bat at No. 4 and is likely to face more spin bowling than his preferred quick bowls. (ANI)


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