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Gilchrist's special tips for Aussies to win in India

September 14, 2016 18:25 IST

Australia's legendary wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist has a special advise for the current team ahead of their next year's tour of India.

Gilchrist's first of five Asian Test tours was a 2-1 series loss to India in 2001.

After scoring a century in the opening match in Mumbai, he then posted scores of 0, 0, 1 and 1 in his remaining four innings.

However, he returned three years later to captain the side for most of their 2-1 series victory, Australia's first series win on Indian soil since 1969.

"It took us a few goes in the subcontinent before we got it right," Gilchrist told AAP.

"The key was the basic philosophy of learning from your mistakes.

"And I'm sure the current group are very readily studying what went wrong and hopefully storing that away for when they're next in those conditions."

Steven Smith's men suffered a 0-3 clean sweep in their recent series in Sri Lanka. 

Gilchrist says the tactical key behind the team's 2004 success was holding back some of their natural aggression, which has long been a trademark of Australian teams.

"It's about learning a way to survive first and foremost," he said.

"If you can survive long enough, the game changes and momentum changes and you can start building in the fashion that you do in Australian conditions.

"Sometimes we had to defend to attack.

"Not having three slips and a gully, we just had one slip on the first ball and blokes out on the boundary to try and grind teams down."

With Australia's Test wickets not conducive to the turning ball, Gilchrist said it would be difficult to gauge players' ability to handle spin and implement a horses-for-course policy.

"I didn't see too many guys troubled by any spin last year in Australia," Gilchrist said.

"It's a bit of a myth that one at the moment," he said. 

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