What to do and what not to do against Ravindra Jadeja, Shane Watson advises players like Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne
Shane Watson has advised Australian right-handed batsmen to score runs while facing Ravindra Jadeja. The injury required Jadeja to undergo knee surgery, keeping him out of action for five months.
From fans to cricket experts and even players are waiting for the four-match Test series between India and Australia starting on Thursday. Before the series, veterans of both the countries are giving tips to their respective teams, which can be useful for the players in the upcoming series. Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has conceded that the Australian right-handed batsman may face difficulties when facing Ravindra Jadeja in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy against India.
Watson admitted that Jadeja always attacks the stumps. It becomes difficult for right-handed batsmen to face him. Australia’s team has Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith. The last time the two teams met, Steve Smith was the leading run-scorer in the series.
Watson has advised Australia’s right-handed batsmen to not just play survival, but also try to score runs against Jadeja. Don’t let the left arm spinner find the rhythm.
Watson told ESPNcricinfo, “It is different to face them when the ball is turning and when the ball is not turning. When the ball is turning it feels like you are facing a different bowler because it is flatter, faster and more consistent at all times. He always bowls on the stumps.
He further said, “One ball will turn and the other will skid and remain straight. As a right-handed batsman, it is difficult to execute his job. Finding a way that you can not only survive but also keep scoring runs.
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Shane said, “Australia also has good spin batsmen in the form of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. They also have left-handed batsmen. If my time came again, I would have played Jadeja with a straight bat.