Australia showed up for the net session earlier than expected because they arrived here a week after losing in Delhi’s second innings.
The Australian hitters might reconsider their approach of playing the high-risk sweep strokes, which contributed to their defeat in the first two games, in light of Ravichandran Ashwin’s impressive record in Test matches at the Holkar Stadium. In his two Test matches here, Ashwin has taken 18 wickets for an average of 12.5 runs. Australia showed up for the net session earlier than expected because they had travelled here one week after losing in Delhi’s second inning.
At the Feroz shah Kotla stadium, they came under fire for their strategies against Indian spinners after losing half of the team to shoddy sweep strokes on a sluggish, low pitch.
After missing the opportunity to win back the Border-Gavaskar trophy, Australia were eager to reflect on their errors during their three-hour training session.
Instead of attempting the sweep shot, Steve Smith and company focused on front-foot spinner defence while also stepping out to hit the ground.
The first two to bat against Nathan Lyon and Matthew Kuhnemann for more than an hour were Smith and Usman Khawaja.
Smith is one of the greatest hitters against spin in the Australian lineup, but his results thus far haven’t been spectacular.