We can blunt Indian spinners: Ed Cowan
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Sounding a warning, Australian opener Edward Cowan today said they have enough batting firepower to blunt the Indian spinners in the upcoming four-Test series, beginning February 22.
India have three frontline spinners, including R Aswhin, Pragyan Ojha and comeback-man Harbhajan Singh, in the squad to counter the Australian batsmen.
"By the time the first Test rolls, we'll be prepared. We've seen Ashwin in Australia and we watched a lot of the India-England series so we're pretty comfortable with our plans to counter their skills.
"They're very skillful bowlers in these conditions and they will be a major part of India trying to win the series but we're confident that we can blunt them and attack them," Cowan said.
The 30-year-old left-handed batsman said the lesson they have learnt by watching India-England games is that the key to overpower Indian spinners was to attack them.
"What's really important is to put pressure on them. We saw in the England series that when they settled in they were able to dictate terms but the guys who did well against them looked to attack them and we'll look to do the same," he said.
Cowan, who has played 13 Tests, said he himself fine-tuned his game to tackle spin challenge.
"We've had a little bit of a break from first class cricket back home so we've had 5-6 weeks off which have been a spin-intensive batting camp that I've held with my coaches looking for ways to improve my game against spin. I've tinkered with a few things and found some really good improvements that I look forward to putting into place."