Tiwary taunts Oz batsman over lack of technique against 'second-string' spinners

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 05:30 hrs

India A batsman Manoj Tiwary has scoffed at Australian batsmen, saying since they couldn't play their second-string spin bowlers properly in the practice match they would be found wanting against the likes of Pragyan Ojha, Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh in their upcoming Test series,

The right-hander made 129 in the home side's total of 451 at Chennai's Guru Nanak College Ground, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Tiwary said when the Australian batsmen face quality spinners like Bhajji, Ashwin and Ojha, the way they have been bowling it will be difficult for them.

Tiwary added the Oz batsmen didn't play India A spinners as they should have, adding their technique was wanting as far as facing spinners was concerned.

The stylish batsman added Australians were not sure of their defence, and that is why they were not stretching enough to play the spinners and not going back enough either.

Tiwary was also happy to talk down Australia's bowlers' hopes of success, saying this pitch was slow so their fast bowlers didn't get much help, and they tried to get reverse swing going, but that also didn't happen much.

Tiwary added if the Aussies get these kinds of wickets here, it would be difficult for all their bowlers.

Shane Watson top-scored with 84 and combined with Ed Cowan (40) for a first-wicket stand of 116 in Australia's first innings.

Left-handed duo Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja fell stumped and bowled respectively to off spinner Jalaj Saxena in exactly the scenario India will hope to exploit in the Test series with Ashwin and Harbhajan bowling off breaks to Australia's lefties. (ANI)

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