Sydney, Feb 28 (ANI): Australia coach Mickey Arthur has claimed in an ideal world he would like to have left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty and right-arm spinner Nathan Lyon in the side to take on India in Saturday’s second Test at Hyderabad Test.
However, it’s not as easy as all that, given the importance of team balance and not overloading the lineup with five specialist bowlers which would weaken the batting, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
One solution following Tuesday’s eight-wicket defeat in the first Test in Chennai would be to drop one of Australia’s three pace men and use seam-bowling all rounder Moises Henriques to support the other two quicks and the two spinners, the paper said.
Monty Panesar and off spinner Graeme Swann claimed 37 wickets in England’s 2-1 series win in India in December, and Arthur said Poms’ ploy was to use Panesar early and turn to the left-arm off spinner late in the match.
Arthur said ideally he would want both, adding he did a lot of looking at the England series and they used Panesar a lot.
Arthur added but when the wickets start breaking up, your off spinner to the right-handers becomes dangerous because you’ve got to keep playing him all the time, adding ideally, it would be nice to have the pigeon pair.
India’s spinners on Chennai’s crumbling red-clay pitch bowled out Australia for 380 and 241, and the home side lost two wickets on Tuesday’s fifth day of play as they chased down a target of 50 to win.
Lyon took 3-215 and 1-29, and in contrast to India’s three-pronged spin attack led by Ravi Ashwin (12 wickets), pace man James Pattinson (six) led Australia’s bowling efforts.(ANI)