Former England star Kevin Pietersen warned Australia´s batsmen


Former England star Kevin Pietersen warned Australia´s batsmen should learn how to play spin bowling properly or not bother going to India for this month´s Test series,Australia faces a daunting challenge in the four-Test series, starting in Pune on February 23, and has not won a series in India since 2004,Kevin Pietersen whose batting heroics were pivotal to England´s come-from-behind triumph on the sub-continent in 2012 — has decried the need for batsmen to prepare for Indian conditions by training on spin-friendly pitches, he said by committing to a series of practice drills to develop clear game plans and decisive footwork, batsmen can hone their techniques to handle spin even on the vastly different pitches that Australia provides,Australia´s lack of success in winning a Test match in India in nearly 13 years has been largely underscored by the failure of batting line-ups to deal with the spinning conditions.It’s not just in India but throughout Asia where Australia have posted just three victories from 20 Tests since 2004,Captain Steve Smith averages 41.57 from seven Tests and Shaun Marsh (78.6 from three), The pair is the best-performing batsmen in Asian conditions in Australia´s selected squad for this month´s India tour,Opener David Warner averages 33.17 with a solitary century from nine Tests, number three Usman Khawaja averages 19.17 from four matches with a highest score of 26, and a poor tour of Sri Lanka last year that cost him his place in the team,Opener Matthew Renshaw and number five Peter Handscomb are yet to play Test cricket outside Australia Allrounders Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Agar have been unable to nail down a Test berth in the past.


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