September 3, 2012 01:48 pm
Australia is considering a more attacking approach to Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal, who has claimed 7-62 in the series, after watching videos of how Sri Lanka’s batsmen played him in the ODI series in June.
Middle-order batsman David Hussey said Michael Clarke’s men have been watching videotapes of how Sri Lanka’s players took the long handle to the off-spinner in the ODI series.
Sri Lanka won the five-match series 3-1 and Ajmal took only three wickets at 40.66, compared to his starring role against Australia, which has included claiming seven scalps at 8.85.
Hussey has fallen to Ajmal in the first match in Sharjah and Saturday morning’s game two in Abu Dhabi, caught at slip for three and lbw for a duck.
He said: “He’s a fantastic bowler. But we have to change our game plan. We’re defending him a little bit and to our perish. Maybe the best form of defense is attacking him.
“We’ve seen the Sri Lankans play him, we’ve seen the Indians play him, and we might think that’s the better route to go.”
Australia’s openers David Warner and Matthew Wade have scored 46 runs between them in two matches and big-hitting Warner played an unusually quiet innings in Abu Dhabi, nudging the ball around for 24 off 68 deliveries, the AAP reports.
Hussey is urging the openers to play their natural attacking games. “I reckon they’ll smack it to all parts,” he said.
Australia is yet to finalize their line-up for tonight’s deciding game three of the one-day series against Pakistan, with paceman Mitchell Starc nursing chest soreness.