Australia embrace Asian spinning wickets
Australia's willingness to embrace Asian conditions and their readiness to think outside the box for solutions lies behind their turnaround on the sub-continent.
Friday's 10-wicket flogging of Sri Lanka marked Australia's biggest win in Asia when forced to bowl first in 16 years
It also helped them retain the Warne-Muralitharan trophy inside two-and-a-bit days, with their fastest Test win in 20 years.
After not winning a series in Asia in 10 years, Australia could now pull off two in the space of four months with a win in the second Test at Galle starting on Friday.
Much has already been made of Australia's desire to attack with the bat, happy to be unorthodox and play a style of cricket very different to what is used back home.
Keen to unsettle the bowlers, 16 of Australia's 33 boundaries in their first-innings 321 came on the sweep or reverse sweep, as the tourists scored at 4.53 an over and Usman Khawaja and Cameron Green both passed 70.
Australia's batters described the Galle pitch as the toughest they had batted on, but at no point suggested it was unfair or unfit for Test cricket.
Nathan Lyon has also arrived with a willingness to bowl differently to the way he does at home, going away from the shape of the offbreak he enjoys so much in Australia and offering up more variations.
"It's been a big one for us, just embracing everything about it," captain Pat Cummins said.
"In the past you can get caught up in conditions that aren't like Australia.
"But if you want to be the number one Test team in the world you have to be winning overseas.
"It's in everyone, the experienced guys finding new shots, (Mitchell) Starc working on reverse swing, Gaz (Lyon) coming up with a few new balls.
"There is so much appetite to learn and to be successful on these wickets which, as a captain, couldn't be more pleasing."
Cummins said part of the approach had been trying to discard a fear of failure with the batters, given the emphasis was on each individual having a plan to unsettle the bowlers.
"It's part of the environment that we are trying to create," Cummins said.
"Failure is absolutely okay, as long as you are failing in a way you are happy to be.
"If you're just trying to survive, it's not the best way forward."
Australia's other advantage has been continuity in Asian conditions, with a four-Test tour of India next year after this year's series in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
"We have a big series next year in India, so this can really help develop and fast track our batters (for that)," Cummins said.
"Marnus (Labuschagne), Travis Head, Cam Green, Alex Carey haven't played Test matches in conditions that have spun this much.
"(Mitchell) Swepson hasn't played in wickets like this, so absolutely you learn so much from these tours."
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