India's 'spin-friendly' wickets set to test Oz's rich reserve of fast bowling options

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 12:40 hrs

Australia brags of having world's best reserve of fast-bowling talent as Jackson Bird became the tenth different new ball bowler to play for the Oz this summer after he made his successful debut in the Boxing Day Test match against Sri Lanka at the MCG, but according to cricket writer, Malcolm, Knox, their real Test would be on spin-friendly pitches during their upcoming tour to India.

"The pitches won't be like this in India and England, where the focus will fall again on Australia's frailties in batting and spin bowling," Knox wrote in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald.

"In the recent series, India and England fielded up to seven spinners per Test. Only the highest-quality batting prospered, while the rest suffered misery. England's spin attack proved, ultimately, to be more potent against India's batsmen," he added.

"With the Australians coming, neither country will let a drop of water touch their wickets. Australia's surfeit of fast bowlers will mean nothing when only one or two are picked for a Test. The rotation policy will seem a luxury of the past," he further wrote.

Knox added: "After five matches this summer, Nathan Lyon inspires neither more nor less confidence than before."

"While the short-term impulse is to celebrate the gushing well of fast-bowling talent, select the four best bowlers and do away with a spinner altogether, in the next nine months Australia are going to need two world-class spinners when at the moment they have none," he further wrote.

"They're going to need six world-class players of spin bowling when at the moment they have two. A celebration is due for winning this series, but, as the Sri Lankans can tell them, cricket is a completely different game away from home," he concluded. (ANI)

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