Watson backing India’s batsmen to shine in Australia

Shane Watson India's batsmen will excel in Australia cricket

Shane Watson is confident that India’s batsmen will enjoy a lot of success in Australia

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Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson believes that India’s batsmen will excel when they tour Australia later this year.

India are currently playing a five-Test series in England and most of their batsmen have failed to have much of an impact.

Captain Virat Kohli is leading by example once again as he has amassed 544 runs, which includes two centuries and three fifties, at an average of 68.

Cheteshwar Pujara has also held his own, scoring 241 runs in three Tests, which includes a hundred and a half-century, at an average of 48.20.

However, apart from them, none of India’s batsmen have really stood up and make their presence felt.

Despite this, Watson feels that India’s batting line-up will post bigger scores in Australia as the Kookaburra ball will stop swinging after 10 to 15 overs.

“It is not easy to play swing bowling. Trust me when Australia travel to England for the Ashes next year, it won’t be easy for them also,” he told the Press Trust of India as quoted by the International Cricket Council’s website. “England is the only place where the ball swings that much primarily due to conditions. You just can’t land in England once every three years and be successful.

“In Australia, the Kookaburra will stop swinging after first 10 or may be 15 overs, unlike Dukes, which can swing all day. I don’t think bounce would be that much of a problem.

“I don’t think any international team is playing swing bowling well these days and that is reflective in the performance on overseas (tours).”

Meanwhile, Watson admitted that it will be difficult for Australia to post daunting totals during the series as they will be without Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who were all banned for their involvement in the ball tampering scandal earlier this year.

It is understood that Warner played a leading role in the scandal, which occurred on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town, as he told Bancroft to alter the condition of the ball with sandpaper.

As a result, Warner and Smith were banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months. Smith won’t be allowed to captain Australia for two years, while Warner won’t be considered for leadership roles in the future.

“The biggest challenge for Australia will be to post big scores in the absence of Warner and Smith,” Watson said. “These two were instrumental in Australia getting big scores. Tim Paine is a capable man of leading Australia. He has the requisite leadership qualities but I am more concerned about the batting than captaincy.”

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