Legendary Australian all-rounder Shane Watson believes the quick transition from the fast-paced Indian Premier League (IPL) to the tough, high-level red-ball Test cricket in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final will be difficult. The WTC Finals will be held at The Oval from June 7th to 11th. Australia, led by Pat Cummins, will take on India, led by Rohit Sharma, for the coveted test mace.
The IPL, which ended on May 29, featured many players from India, as well as a few players from Australia. Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami, along with captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin competed in the WTC Finals in England in June 2021 after the IPL.
“There is no doubt that this transitional period for the guys, I think, should be extreme. Get as much volume as possible when they can hit new balls by trying to make the nets as sharp as possible,” Watson told ESPNcricinfo. .
“This is the only way to get the game back to hitting the ball in front of you. Yes, you need that positive, aggressive intention, but also understand which balls you can score and which balls are higher risk,” he added.
Watson believes that there is no time to waste on training players. “You need to understand what you really need to work on if you only have a couple of days,” Watson said.
Watson discussed how batters might get used to the duke’s ball in England. “For me, the most important thing was my defense. I ended up just having to work facing the moving ball, making sure I was hitting the bowlers with the moving ball or getting shots on the moving ball, and then just making sure I closed in on my defense. I also just start to think I’m throwing the ball again. What are the danger zones, especially the lanes that the bowlers will play, and especially. The biggest problem for all these guys and for Cameron. Greene will be next to the Dukes ball because he is constantly swinging,” said the former Australian all-rounder.
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