Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen offered some straightforward advice for the Aussie batsmen, who will soon fly to India for the four-match test series.
KP advised that either find a fast way of learning how to properly play spin bowling or don’t bother getting on the Mumbai-bound plane. He played a crucial role in England’s success during their winning campaign in India during the tour of 2012-13.
Veteran batsman managed 338 runs at 48.29 in that four-match series including match-winning 186 at the Wankhede. He shared his experience in playing in India with cricket.com.au “Learn to play spin very quick. If you can’t play spin, don’t even go. When you get there (India) you’ve got to practice it, and you can actually practice it here - I can do spinning drills in Australia, I did them ... on a South African wicket to make sure that my feet were going and picking length.”
The 36-year-old further added “You can, you don’t need to be on a spinning wicket to play spin properly or practice spin. You can be on any type of wicket. It’s about picking the length, and picking lines and getting your feet going.”
Pietersen has a good record on Asian pitches including four centuries and six half-centuries in his 22 Tests in Asia between 2005 and 2012.
The first game of the Border-Gavaskar trophy will start from 23 February at Pune. Australia is having a very poor record in Asia since 2004. They have managed only three test matches to win here since then, two of them came against Bangladesh and one against Sri Lanka. Since the victory against Sri Lanka in 2011, they haven’t won a single game over here. Their winless drought in India has increased to the long 13 years.