India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is prepared to wait out the West Indies batsmen in their upcoming Test series in the Caribbean, saying the decks there are so slow that patience is key for bowlers.
Ashwin has no problem with plugging away on the sluggish decks, a far cry from the pace tracks of the 80s, and says he has the patience to wait for a mistake from the home batsmen.
Ashwin told BCCI.tv: "I'm sure it's going to be challenging because of the kind of wickets, the kind of heat … From whatever I saw in the last [warm-up] game, the wickets were pretty slow.
"I'm sure I'll have to be as boring as possible in terms of trying to plug away all day long.
"[The pitches are] getting slower. If the wickets are going to be tailor-made for us, if it starts spinning, then we come into our own. But until then, it's all about patience.
"The other day you saw Mishy (Amit Mishra) bowl for about 15-16 overs without any wickets, but once he got a breakthrough, he started breaking through at regular intervals.
"So that's what we have to look for – especially the first couple of days or probably even three days of the Test match, there is not going to be a lot in it for the spinners.
"There might be a little bit of bounce or little bit of slowness in the wicket that you can exploit, but it's got to be pretty boring lines and lengths and keep teasing with your flight."
The first Test starts on 21 July in Antigua.