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Thu Apr 24 23:42:46 SAST 2014

I have a plan for Pietersen, says Ashwin

TEAMtalk Media | 09 November, 2012 11:520 Comments
Haryana v England: Tour Match - Day One
Kevin Pietersen of England during the tour match between England and Haryana at Sardar Patel Stadium ground B on November 8, 2012 in Ahmedabad, India
Image by: Gareth Copley / Getty Images

India spinner Ravi Ashwin says he has a number of plans in his mind to combat England's strong middle order, but insists that being flexible is crucial to success against players who are good at playing spin.

Ashwin and spin partner Pragyan Ojha are a focus for England's batsmen ahead of the upcoming Test series, as the Three Lions are not known for their ability to play spin well. Ojha and Ashwin meanwhile have been in great form this year.

But Ashwin knows that combating a guys like Kevin Pietersen, who scored a century in the warm-up game against Haryana, takes more than standard deliveries, and feels he is well prepared to take on the explosive batsman.

Ashwin was quoted on Cricketnext as saying: "England's middle order is very strong with the likes of Pietersen, Bell and Jonathan Trott holding the fort.

"I've studied their strengths and Achilles heel, and definitely have some plans in my mind about how I would going to bowl at them but the key component of planning is to be flexible.

"This especially holds true in sports as one has to alter their strategies while being on the field depending on the nature of wicket, situation of the match and various other aspects. So, I'm never rigid in my thinking.

"I take it one ball at a time. I evaluate how the batsman is playing, and bowl the next ball accordingly. The stratagems are rustled up instantaneously, and I look to bowl with rhythm and control, while trying different variations, as I get into the groove."

The first of four Tests takes place in Ahmedabad, starting on 15 November. India are looking to avenge the 4-0 drubbing they suffered last year in England.

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