With all eyes on the Australian tour, Shami said that the bowlers were preparing by watching a lot of videos of opposition batsmen
Kolkata: Fast bowler Mohammed Shami has revealed how India are preparing for the challenging tour of Australia starting next week.
Shami, who was part of the Test and ODI squads for the home series against the West Indies, returned home on Monday. The right-arm paceman, however, did not feature in the just concluded T20I rubber against the Caribbean side.
With all eyes on the Australian tour, Shami said that the bowlers were preparing by watching a lot of videos of opposition batsmen.
“As a fast bowling unit, we did well in England. We are preparing for the Australia series and watching a lot of videos. The plan is to focus on the series as much as possible as the opponents are very strong. We will work on getting the line and length right,” the 28-year-old Shami told reporters at the Eden Gardens.
India’s tour of Australia will begin with three T20 Internationals with the Gabba in Brisbane hosting the opening game on November 21. India will don the Test whites in four-match rubber against Australia with the first five-day contest commencing in Adelaide on December 6.
On reports that suspended duo of Steve Smith and David Warner might return early for India series, Shami said, “If those two don’t play, they will obviously be weakened. But in the end, you have to stick to your plan and work on your strengths."
The World Cup is the biggest highlight of 2019. On being asked whether he is excited for it, Shami said, “It depends on who is fit and who is not during that time. My performance will be evaluated and I will expect to get a chance if I do well. If I don’t, I have to accept that too. That’s too far away. We always think about the next series and that is more important for us.”
Shami has so far played 36 Tests, 52 ODIs and seven T20Is. He will be one of the key bowlers for the Virat Kohli-led team in Australia series.
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Last Updated Nov 13, 2018, 2:53 PM IST