Watson: Australia will be battle ready
Opener Shane Watson expects Australia to peak in their upcoming Test series regardless of an underwhelming start to their tour match in the Caribbean.
From 81 for two, Australia collapsed to 214 for nine in their very first innings in reply to the West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI’s 201 at Bridgetown.
The two batsmen not expected to play in the first Test, Peter Forrest and Peter Nevill, offered the most assured innings while Ed Cowan and Ricky Ponting fell cheaply.
It was Australia’s very first examination in the longer type of the game in the West Indies, and captain Michael Clarke’s immediately after his injury absence, with the top six stuttering on a bone-dry pitch.
However, Watson was far from alarmed, claiming there was lots to like from the opening two days as he pointed to Australia’s imposing record in recent Tests.
“At the finish of the day the tour matches are here for us to modify to the situations as well as we can and get some time in the middle. It is certainly better than training,” Watson said.
“I think it really is just a great challenge for the quicks and the spinners for us to be able to discover ways to bat for extended periods of time.
“I feel we showed this [Australian] summer in the Test matches specifically, how considerably in handle we had been in the majority of games.
“I believe with the experience we have got, the two batting and bowling, there is no doubt that has been 1 of our strengths in the summer so I’m rather sure we’ll make positive the factors we did not do appropriate throughout the one-dayers (in the West Indies) we’ll nail during these Tests.”
On the differing wickets, Watson saw plenty of likely, specially for off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who adjusted seamlessly to the situations as he tore via the hosts’ 2nd innings with 4 for 17.
“Even searching at the Twenty20 wicket at Kensington Oval it’s a little bit equivalent to what we’ve witnessed right here – a lower, sort of skiddy, turning wicket,” Watson mentioned.
“It really is essential to get utilised to these conditions since that is what we’re going to get.
“With the quicks there is usually a little bit of inconsistent bounce, specifically reduced. Spin smart – there is sufficient there. Nathan Lyon showed nowadays there are plenty of footmarks in the pitch to work with.
“Even from his (Lyon’s) initial spell to his second spell yesterday, just to be capable to discover the pace he needs to bowl he did extremely properly.
“There’s going to be plenty in these wickets for him. It is absolutely going to turn and I’ve heard Trinidad (Port of Spain – 2nd Check) and Dominica (Roseau – third Test) the wickets there are going to be spinner-pleasant as effectively.”
Clarke created a composed 30 in his very first innings back from a hamstring injury and Watson stated he had each and every confidence the solitary tour match would be enough preparation for a player in the ‘form of his life’.
“The kind he had in the course of the summer time is as good as any batsman can have but there’s no doubt he’s hitting the ball very properly and there is no cause why he cannot proceed that,” he stated.
“He’s had a bit of time to freshen up after a quite, really lengthy summer season, so I consider it’ll be a benefit to him much more than anything.”