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Ashwin up for Australia challenge

Press Trust Of India
Dec 20, 2011 at 04:37pm IST

Canberra: Having picked up four wickets against Cricket Australia Chairman's XI at Manuka Oval on Tuesday, India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said that he has done his homework well and is all set for the upcoming four-match Test series against Australia, starting on December 26.

"You have to spin it and rub it on the batsmen. First few days of a Test, I don't expect the ball to turn. It has to be in the air, and later exploit the rough," said Ashwin, who took 4 for 52 on Tuesday to help reduce Chairman's XI to 214 for seven at stumps on day two after Indians were all out for 269 in a three-day warm-up match.

"For the left-handers you attack the stumps and for the right-hander bowl outside the off-stump," he added.

Ashwin up for Australia challenge

The offspinner has already taken four wickets in his maiden outing in Australia against Chairman's XI on Tuesday.

Ashwin admitted that he has been speaking to a few umpires and also consulting with his seniors like Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman who have had enormous success in these conditions.

"Later, probably if I could sit down with Shane Warne and chat with him. Meanwhile, I have been speaking to a few umpires and they say it spins on day four and five. But I have to look at the match as a whole, keep spinning and flighting the ball and hoping the batsmen would attack me," he said.

Ashwin was named the Man-of-the-Match in his first series against West Indies last month, where he took 22 wickets for 121 runs, and also scored a maiden Test century.

The Chennai lad said he was surprised that Chairman XI's batsmen did not attack him enough on the second day of the three-day match.

"I was very surprised that they were not attacking me. I bowled a few bad balls, I wasn't hit for a six. I am always prepared to be hit for a few sixes anyway."

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