Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle believes his team’s pace attack will play a big role in the upcoming four-match Test series in India, despite the fact that the Sub-continent wickets are considered to be a paradise for the spinners.
The Aussies are on fire at the moment, as they have secured the ODI series 3-0 against West Indies, with a couple of more games to play. Michael Clarke’s side earlier thrashed Sri Lanka in both Test and ODI clash.
On the other hand, the Indians are not playing the best of cricket at home. After losing the Test series at the hands of England, the Men in Blue failed to do anything special against arch-rivals Pakistan, and lost the ODI series 2-1.
However, they showed some improvement against the Poms, when winning the ODI series. Team Blue is considered to be a very tough opposition when playing in India, where the wickets are spin-friendly.
But Siddle is taking nothing away from the Aussie pace attack, saying that Australia’s chances of winning the Test series in India depends heavily on how well the fast bowler perform.
"The best way of attacking India is with whatever your best line-up is. The way we’ve won Test matches for years now has been with our pace and I think that is going to play a big role," Siddle told ‘The Age’.
"But Nathan (Lyon) is going to play a big role at the other end, and his game is going to flourish even more with the pressure we build at our end.”
"Combined, we’ll do well and definitely be able to take 20 wickets. We’re strong, we’ve got a good set of quicks going over and we’ve got good back-up for Nathan over there with spin," he added.
The right-arm pacer admitted that the Aussie bowlers will have to be very consistent in order to produce good results against India, the side they last beat back in 2004.
“Trying to bowl as straight and be as patient as we can be. In India the games go a little bit slower because the wickets are hard to score on so it’s about patience, setting the right fields with your captain and bowling to your fields. Our side is disciplined
enough now to go about it in that way," he uttered.