With the much-anticipated Border-Gavaskar Trophy starting in a few weeks’ time, the Australian players have started planning to beat the challenge of playing in the subcontinent. Former Australia captain, Adam Gilchrist has advised Pat Cummins and co to be more cautious rather than being over-aggressive.
Australia will travel to the subcontinent to lock horns with India in a deciding Test series with vital WTC points. Though they are on the verge of qualifying for the final of the WTC, they will be wary of the challenge of playing in Indian conditions. The Australian selection committee has picked four specialist spinners for the upcoming tour to strengthen the bowling options.
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During a recent chat with Fox Sports, Adam Gilchrist said, “What we tried to change with our mindset at the time – and I’ll be interested to see if the Australians do it this time around – is finding Not going to bowl and just roll the spinners.” out there. Attack the stumps from the first ball itself.
He further added, “Swallow your pride a bit, and be defensive to be aggressive… start with a slip, start with catching at mid-wicket, get fielders out to the boundary to eliminate boundary options But keep some catchers in the middle – either at short cover or short mid-wicket – and just be patient.”
The Australian icon warned Pat Cummins not to rely too much on youngsters and instead go with his trusted bowlers. Gilchrist admitted that teams often try to introduce new players as mystery bowlers, which often backfire for the team as it is very difficult to adapt to Indian conditions.
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Adam Gilchrist elaborated, “So often teams go into India expecting to unveil some new spinner who is going to come in and adapt and dazzle in India – that doesn’t really happen. Pick them, run with them – and if it’s three fast bowlers who can get really good reserve swing and Nathan Lyon, who is outstanding and clearly the best off-spinner we’ve ever had, can play his part is – that’s my adventurous spirit. You do this, you go with it.