David Warner has rejected suggestions Australia’s batsmen can’t pick India’s spinners ahead of Sunday’s must-win one-day international.
Australia are reeling at 0-2 after another batting collapse had scotched any hope of levelling the series in Kolkata.
Spin has claimed 10 of the 19 Australian wickets to fall in the first two games and India will be full of confidence ahead of Sunday’s third match in Indore where India could clinch the series.
Left-armer Kuldeep Yadav, who became the third Indian bowler to snare a hat-trick in Thursday’s match in Kolkata, believes he has the wood on Warner.
In five innings facing the 22-year-old, Warner has been out to him four times.
While he didn’t face Kuldeep in game two, Warner misread a wrong’un in Chennai before nicking a slider to the keeper.
That’s the exception rather than the rule, according to the powerful opener.
“I find that the players can read them and there’s the odd one or two that you probably can’t see the seam and then the players react off the wicket,” Warner said.
“If you get off to a good start and the spinners come on, it’s a different game.”
Much has been made of Australia’s deficiencies against spin on the subcontinent.
But Warner isn’t making excuses for the senior contingent who are no strangers to Indian conditions.
“You should know the conditions very well,” Warner said.
“In saying that, when you’re out there, it’s totally different. You become tentative.
“The game situation dictates. If you lose a couple of wickets, what do you do? Do you use your feet? Do you play with one stride?
“They’re the things that you have to work out and adapt when you’re here.”
Aaron Finch is in the mix to partner Warner in the third ODI after training strongly on Saturday.
He could force Hilton Cartwright out of the side, while Peter Handscomb might also be considered, with a flat wicket and short boundaries at the Holkar Stadium.