Former Australia vice-captain Shane Watson urged groundsmen in his country to prepare fast and bouncy pitches when India come visiting Down Under for a full tour later in the year.
Watson, one of the premium all-rounders in world cricket, is set to make a comeback from a calf injury while the Australian Test team gets ready to take on Pakistan in a two-match series in the UAE. However, the Aussie team-management will be keen that the 33-year-old Queenslander gets back in shape sooner than later, ahead of what could be a challenging series against India.
Watson was part of the Australian side that was whitewashed in a four-Test series in India on turning pitches in 2013. Those contests were billed as revenge for the humiliation India had faced Down Under a year ago. Now Watson wants to exact the losses suffered in conditions that favoured MS Dhoni's men.