Cowan blames spinning Chennai pitch for Oz batting capitulation against Indian Board XI

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 13, 2013 06:10 hrs

Australian opener Ed Cowan said that a turning pitch in Chennai was responsible for his team being bowled out for 241 against Indian Board XI, although he added Their pace attack would come into play on day two.

Cowan, who scored 58 for Australia in the match, said that one of the important things that the team had observed during the Chennai match was the presence of an early reverse-swing that started in the 13th over only, adding it was something new for the team, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The left handed opener added the slow turn increased as the match progressed, adding the conditions were was different for the touring Australian team, and believes it would help him after spending some time in the middle.

However, Cowan said that observing an early reverse ball could prove to be positive for his team as the Oz players are familiar with reversing the ball and they bowl at a good pace.

He added that the next match will be important for the pace bowlers as reverse swing becomes harder as the bowling pace increases.

Australia struggled on a turning pitch in Chennai against uncapped off-spinner Parvez Rassol who claimed 7-45. (ANI)

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