The Indian bowlers were at their best in South Africa and England, and their relentless accuracy drew plenty of rave reviews, although the conditions favoured them in both the countries.

R Ashwin concedes that the conditions in Australia will be very different and that it will be difficult to run through the opposition. Hence, it becomes imperative for the bowlers to bowl in partnerships and apply pressure at all times.

"You don't turn up to Australia thinking wickets are going to seam or spin around. They are always going to be flat we know that. We cannot really complain and we have to put it behind us to try and go play some good cricket. Mostly the first innings are big scoring innings so we have to be aware to play some smart cricket through the series," the off-spinner said in Sydney.

'Important to ascertain your role'

R Ashwin
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The seasoned campaigner, who has been to Australia on previous tours, believes that each bowler needs to identify his roles and help the captain to strategise.

"You have to stitch together partnerships even when bowling and it's very important to ascertain your role to get what you can out of the game. It obviously changes the dynamics for the captain when he goes out with one bowler less or one bowler more. But as a bowler personally it's still the same for me," he added.

Australia has not been a happy hunting ground for the off-spinner and he recognises the fact. The offie believes that he needs to keep it tight in the first over and then if the pitch helps him the second innings, he should take it from there.

"As a spinner, it's important to stick it out there in the first innings, if I get some help in the second innings then try to pitch in. That's similar to how I came here last time, I had a very good series and that was one of the turning points in my career," the experienced spinner assessed.

Ashwin also said that he has watched videos of Nathan Lyon and has tried to imbibe the pace and lengths he has bowled in these conditions to be successful.

"I also watch his videos. We started our Test careers at the same time so obviously mutual admiration is there. He has done well over the last couple years and he is bowling well. The ball is coming out well off his hand. What can I learn? Probably drop the ball at the right spots and probably as the series goes on look forward to a good competition," he said.