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Shane Watson says Australia will do better in India than 2013

By Rashmi Nanda -
Former Australian cricketer Shane Watson has the confidant that the Australian squad to do better than the last touring team to India as the former Test opener and four other players were disreputable suspended for disciplinary breaches. 

The 35-year-old Sydney Thunder star batsman also reminded the national selectors not to overlook that the plan of the fresh flourishing Australian team on the subcontinent played just one slow bowler.

But even though the probability of the two spinners playing in the Test series against the world No.1Test team in February, Watson remains confident of an enhanced performance on their 4-0 clean sweep in 2013.

2013 Indian tour was best remembered for every Australian as well Indian fans and players when Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja were handed a one-Test ban for disciplinary breaches.

Former all-rounder said, “It really can't get any worse than what it was in 2013. So that's a good starting point because that's as bad as it can get, players getting suspended from a Test match. I'm sure that won't happen this time.”

On Sunday, the Australian selectors have selected the three tweakers for the tour of India, which includes an uncapped leg-spinner Mitch Swepson, and all-rounders Ashton Agar and Glenn Maxwell in their 16-man squad.

But Shane reminded how the 2004-05 squads’ successes off the support of pace trio Glenn McGrath, Michael Kasprowicz and Jason Gillespie functioning with spin King Shane Warne.

Watto further stated, “Obviously the way that you win over there is through spin bowling, but not necessarily just only spin bowling. The time the Aussie team won in 2004, they only had Shane Warne and three quick bowlers. It's more so just playing to your absolute strengths, playing your best players, who've got the best chance of being able to play in those extreme conditions than what we're used to.”

The young Australian opening batsman Matt Renshaw, who is in fighting with Shaun Marsh to hold his spot in the upcoming opening Test against India in Pune, which will be played from February 23.

Watson had some advice for Matt, “He knows his game incredibly well and I'm sure he'll just stick to his game plan like he did in the Test matches he's played. I'm sure he'll have a lot of success. For a young guy to be able to have so much control over what he's doing, shows he's got what it takes to be successful in any conditions.”