Australia aims to blunt Ajmals spin using Indian, Lankan tactics: Hussey

Australia aims to blunt Ajmals spin using Indian, Lankan tactics: Hussey

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 Lankas batsmen played him in the ODI series in June.


Middle-order batsman David Hussey said Michael Clarkes men have been watching videotapes of how Sri Lankas 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 mornings game two in Abu Dhabi, caught at slip for three and lbw for a duck.


He said: Hes a fantastic bowler. But we have to change our game plan. Were defending him a little bit and to our perish. Maybe the best form of defense is attacking him.

Weve seen the Sri Lankans play him, weve seen the Indians play him, and we might think thats the better route to go.


Australias 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 theyll smack it to all parts, he said.


Australia is yet to finalize their line-up for tonights deciding game three of the one-day series against Pakistan, with paceman Mitchell Starc nursing chest soreness.



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