Sydney: Australian coach Mickey Arthur has fired the first psychological jab at India by claiming their spinners are feeling the weight of a nation after failing to deliver on home turf against England.
The Indian camp believes it has the slow-bowling weapons to outfox the tourists, with Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan Singh primed to bamboozle an Australian top-order missing retired greats Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey, News.com.au reports.
Australia-India series have a recent history of on and off-field tensions and Arthur delivered the first subtle jab on Tuesday when he took aim at the home side's regiment of spinners.
Arthur said there is no point in them defending, adding they have to be showing intent because if they can show intent and put India under pressure then they could open some chinks in their armour because the Indian spinners have been under pressure. rthur added India didn't win the series against England so their spinners are coming into this series with the weight of expectation on their shoulders, adding if they get on top of them at any phase of the game, they will be feeling the heat as much as our batsmen are, and that is got to be a very firm plan in their mind.