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Australia opener David Warner has opened up on the plan of action he has drawn up for combating India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the upcoming four-Test series, which begins on February 23 in Pune.
Known for his aggressive style of batting, Warner, who is coming off a terrific summer at home, will no doubt be one of Australia’s instrumental players throughout the tour of India.
But, acknowledging the threat that Ashwin poses, Warner revealed that he will be taking a more cautious approach against the 30-year-old rather than look to attack his bowling.
Like Warner, Ashwin has also been in red-hot form and in the recent one-off Test match against Bangladesh, he broke Dennis Lillee’s record to become the fastest bowler to take 250 wickets in the longest format.
“I have to respect a player like Ashwin,” Warner said. “He thinks like a batsman and I have to be disciplined against him.
“I have a game plan for him – I have to bat against his strength. He is going to be ready for me and we both have to adapt to the situation. It’s going to be a great battle for the both of us. I have to bide my time.”
In addition to Ashwin, Warner conceded that the Baggy Greens will have to keep a close eye on Kohli, especially as he finished with averages of 51.50 and 109.16 in the three-Test series against New Zealand and five-Test series against England respectively.
“Virat Kohli is in the form of the decade. He is a fantastic player and a great sport,” Warner said. “He is exceptional in all formats and he is taking the entire country on a journey. He wants the country to ride with him. Virat is frank and he calls spade a spade.
“Joe Root, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis and Kohli thrive on responsibility. These young players are unstoppable. Virat is a great example of scoring big tons.”