We need to be at our absolute best, says Watson
Posted on: 05:21 PM IST Feb 28, 2013
Hyderabad: Australia's Shane Watson believes his side needs to be at its absolute best in Hyderabad if they want to level the ongoing Test series against India.
Australia had no answers facing the Indian spinners in the first Test, which they lost by eight wickets in Chennai on Tuesday. "We need to win this Test match. There is no doubt. We need to be certainly at our absolute best to beat India," Watson said after the team's practice session at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium here on Thursday.
The Aussie vice captain also stressed on the need to play the aggressive brand of cricket - the hallmark of Australian cricket. "We really need to play our aggressive brand of cricket where we are best as team. We need to find a way to make sure that we play that brand of cricket. We will be making sure as a team go out there and make sure that we really up for the contest," he said.
Watson said the wicket looked nice and would assist seamers before offering assistance to spinners. "I think the wicket is little bit dry than what it normally is for 20-20 and one-dayers. I think it might turn a little bit at some stage. There may be pace and bounce for the quicks."
After picking just one spinner in offspinner Nathan Lyon for the first Test, Australia are now considering to include left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty for the second Test. But Watson said it's up to the selectors to take that decision, which would be declared soon.
Watson although said he would not change his style of play, he stressed on the need of spending more time in the middle and improving his game against spinners.
"There is a pressure to score runs because you are primarily picked up as a batsman. My role in top four or five is to make runs no matter whether I am bowling or not," he said.
The second Test will begin on Saturday.
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