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Tiwary taunts tourists after spinners expose batting frailties

CHENNAI: India A batsman Manoj Tiwary has taunted Australia's batsmen, saying they will be found wanting in the four-Test series starting on Friday.

The right-hander's 129 and dumped Test opener Gautam Gambhir's 112 helped lift the home side's total to 451 at Chennai's Guru Nanak College Ground.

Australia resumed on Monday's final day of play in the three-day tour match on 4-131 after a dramatic collapse of 4-11 late on day two.

They fared little better, bowled out for 235, and suffered the ignominy of having the follow-on enforced before the match finished as a draw with Australia at 3/195.

Shane Watson top-scored for Australia with 84 while Ed Cowan (40) and Matthew Wade (44) also made starts. Apart from Peter Siddle's controversial run-out, when he should have been awarded a boundary, all of Australia's wickets fell to spinners Rakesh Dhurv (5-51) and Jajaj Saxena (4-61).

Uncapped all-rounder Moises Henriques hit three sixes and two fours in his 33 before he was trapped lbw to Dhurv.


''If they face quality spinners like 'Bhajji pa', Ashwin and Ojha [Harbhajan Singh, Ravi Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha] the way they have been bowling, it will be difficult for them,'' Tiwary said.

''They didn't play our spinners as they should have. Their technique was wanting as far as facing spinners was concerned. They were not sure of their defence. That's why they were not stretching enough to play the spinners and not going back enough either.''

Tiwary was also happy to talk down Australia's bowlers' hopes of success. ''This pitch was slow so their fast bowlers didn't get much help,'' the uncapped 27-year-old said. ''They tried to get reverse swing going, but that also didn't happen much. If they get these kinds of wickets here, it will be difficult for all their bowlers.''

Watson and Cowan combined for a first-wicket stand of 116 before Dhurv trapped Cowan in front.

Left-handers Phillip Hughes and Usman Khawaja were stumped and bowled respectively to off-spinner Saxena in the same scenario India will hope to exploit in the Test series with Ashwin and Harbhajan bowling off-breaks to Australia's lefties.

Test No.4 Watson said he was ready to resume in the role if regular opener David Warner (fractured thumb) wasn't passed fit to play in the first Test. ''I certainly do love opening the batting,'' the vice-captain said.

Watson was quizzed about Tiwary's attack on Australia's batting techniques. ''Manoj Tiwary is very confident at the moment because he's got some runs out there. But he's not in the first Test squad is he?'' Watson grinned.

''So we won't have to worry about him, which will be good.

''You learn from your mistakes. Unfortunately, a few mistakes have been made. Whether it's our quick bowlers or our spinners, they are adapting to the new conditions. Our batsmen are getting used to the turning ball. Some guys haven't played in Indian conditions before, in Test matches especially, so it's a big learning curve for a lot of the guys.''

Watson said he would like to resume his role as a seam-bowling all-rounder, but was content to bide his time for the good of the team. ''My major goal is to be able to build up enough bowling so I can provide the role during the Ashes,'' he said.