Shane Watson eyeing to keep Ojha at bay

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2010, 00:39 AM IST

Chandigarh: Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has set his sights on Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha saying that he could be the key to India`s bowling attack in the upcoming Test series.

Watson believes that a more helpful pitch could have helped Ojha during the opening day of their tour game against Board President`s XI.

Ojha kept things admirably tight in conceding a mere 23 runs in 21 overs, while the rest of the attack were taken for regular runs.

"He (Ojha) bowled well and doesn`t really give you much to hit at all, especially to me, I didn`t really feel like he was going to bowl wicket-taking balls all the time, but I didn`t really feel like I could score heavily off him," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Watson, as saying.

"It`s also brilliant practice for us to see him in a longer form of the game - I`ve only played him really in T20 cricket so it`s an added bonus for us if he`s going to play in the Test to get our head around what he`s going to do," he added.

Watson further said that the Australian team would work on ways to break-up Ojha`s rhythm more effectively in future encounters.

"It`s definitely important to try to change the strike, which I was trying to do," he added.

Australia`s tour of India includes two Test matches, and three ODIs.

The first Test will be played Mohali form October 1-5, while the second Test will be played in Bangalore from October 9-13.

ANI