Mumbai: Aware of the stiff challenge awaiting them in the upcoming battle against world champions India, Australia’s Adam Voges feels that the key is to make a good start in the seven-match rubber, which can provide the visitors with a chance to grab the No.1 ODI ranking.
“Look, there’s a big incentive for us in this tournament. Obviously, India are No.1 at the moment, but if we can have a good win in this series, we’ve got an opportunity to overtake them.
“So, there’s no bigger incentive than that,” said the 34-year-old Western Australia middle-order batsman.
“Obviously, we have to play extremely well for that, like when I was here last time. It’s very important that we play some good cricket and start well,” remarked Voges, after Australia concluded their third and last day’s practice session, here, at the Cricket Club of India.
Voges, who said he has fully recovered from his tired back and hamstring that forced him to return home midway through the Champions League T20 when playing for Perth Scorchers, did not agree that Australia’s batting looked a little fragile.
“I think our one-day batting has been okay. We played pretty well against England in their conditions.
“Obviously, the Champions Trophy didn’t go as we would have liked it to. But I thought the way we bounced back against England in their backyard was pretty good.
“We’ll take a lot of confidence out of that as a batting group and we’ve got some continuity, I guess, with our batsmen. We know our role and like I said, a good start for our batting group will be crucial,” he said.
According to Voges, facing India’s spinners was challenging as a whole in these conditions. At the same time, he opines his team’s players are pretty well used to dealing with spin these days.
“We need to have our plans against (Ravindra) Jadeja, (Ravichandran) Ashwin and all the Indian bowlers. It’s going to be tough work against spinners in these conditions.
“You don’t become No.1 without being a very good all-round team. We’ll have to be well prepared,” Voges, who has played 25 ODIs and seven T20 Internationals so far, said.
“As long as we have got some clear game plans about how we’re going to tackle them, it’s about executing them. It’s going to be a big challenge, but I am certainly looking forward to it.
“We understand the conditions. Probably, the dew will play a part as well in day-night games.
“We’ve played a lot of cricket over here. Most of the guys now have played and adapted to the conditions. It’s great to have played here at the CCI and get used to the conditions,” he insisted.