We will have to be at our best against Indian spinners: Shane Watson

Shane Watson

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson says they will take a cue from the way England successfully countered the Indian spinners this winter, in the upcoming four-match Test series starting here on Friday.

"England certainly showed that and the guys who got big runs made it easier for the others. One thing in India is that it's hard to start your innings, so if you can get a start, it's important to go on and get those really big scores like England did," Watson said.

"Then you have plenty of runs to play with throughout the Test. There's no doubt that the Indian spinners are very highly skilled, especially in these conditions. So it will be a big challenge for us.

"But what has been shown in the past by a number of international teams coming here is that if individuals in the team are at their best, then you can have success here, so there's no reason why we can't," Watson added.

The 31-year-old said that he along with skipper Michael Clarke will have to shoulder the bulk of responsibility in the absence of recently-retired Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey.

"I've played a lot of cricket here and met with a lot of success too. We've got quite a young group here, so I guess I am one of the people who would help out as much as I can so we play as well as we can in these conditions, I suppose," Watson said at a media session here today.

"Now, with Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting not here, Michael Clarke and me are the senior players, we've played the most cricket here. We'll certainly help out the young guys who haven't had an opportunity to play out here before.

"It's very different to playing in Australia in terms of finding a game plan that will give us the best chance of having success here," he added.

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