Chennai: Australian batsman Usman Khwaja on Sunday resorted to playing mind games ahead of the first Test, stating that the expectations to deliver the goods on rank turners could put the Indian spinners under pressure in the upcoming series.
"We've had enough practice and we are as ready as we are ever going to be. The Indian spinners have a lot of pressure on them too because if it is a turning wicket, they will be expected to take wickets, so there will be a bit of pressure on them. We're in India where the ball turns, you get reverse swing the guys are really looking forward to the challenge," said Khwaja.
Australian batsmen's woes against spinners were exposed once again on Sunday as India A's spin duo of Rakesh Dhurv and Jalaj Saxena picked up nine wickets between them to enforce a follow on before the three-day warm-up match ended in a draw here. While Dhurv grabbed five for 51, Saxena took four for 61 to dismiss Australia for 235 in their first innings in reply to India A's total of 451. Following on, the Australian finished their second essay on 195 for three.
Conceding that spin plays a big part in Test matches in India, Khwaja said it's not always the case to be as the pacers can also excel with their disciplined line and length. "We've actually said that spin plays a big part in India but it's not the only thing that plays a big part in India. They've got some good pace bowlers too, who can use the new ball and use the old reversing ball really well too.," said Khwaja.
"I think the guys know what to expect. I am a bit newer, so I am finding my feet a little bit. I've seen that pace can be as effective as spin out here and our bowlers proved that in the last two tour matches. Every wicket in India, I assume, will be a bit different," he added.
Asked whether the Aussie spinners do well enough in the practice games, Khwaja replied, "In terms of practice, this is obviously what the spinners wanted. It obviously didn't go as well for them as it did for the Indian spinners, but the Indian batsmen also batted really well."