Former Test batsman Michael Hussey has urged Australia's selectors not to dismiss the option of employing three specialist spinners to win in India. Australia are set to play four Tests in India starting February 23. They last won a Test in India in the 2000-01, when they lost the series 1-2. Australia's recent form in the subcontinent has been poor, with a recent 0-3 whitewash against Sri Lanka rubbing salt on their wounds.
Australia have loaded the team with spinners, Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe joining the 16-man squad with left-arm orthodox spinner Ashton Agar and uncapped leg spinner Mitchell Swepson, as well as competent part-timers Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell. But Australia has historically been reluctant to engage a predominantly spin attack in India, essentially because India's batsmen are so familiar with the art and handle spin comfortably. "I think we've got to adapt to the conditions and I think the squad is nicely balanced for that," Hussey said.