The former cricketing star of Australia, Dean Jones has recently suggested for a radical shift in the way the Aussies play spin. After their humiliating loss against Pakistan in the 1st test by 221 runs, Jones suggested that they should practice spin bowling without pads on to learn about to play the deliveries with the bat more.
Australian batsmen seemed to have been clearly dominated by the Pakistan spin attack. They had huge difficulties in facing the deliveries on the deliveries which did not spun much. The duo of Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah picked up 9 of the 10 Australian wickets in the second innings. None of the batsmen except Steve Smith and Mitchell Johnson were able to play well. In the test, the Australians lost 15 of their 20 wickets to spin. The second and the final test will be starting at Abu Dhabi from Thursday and the Australians will surely try their level best to square the series.
Jones also said that the Australians have a tendency to lunge with their foot first and then their hands. On the other hand, Pakistani batsmen get their head and their hands at the ball. He also added that the Aussies have a tendency to go head, foot, hands. He suggested that they have to get their hands in front of the pad. He also added that Indians are the best players of spin. They go head, hands with the ball. They also keep their feet out of it. Also, they back themselves on hitting the ball and not using the pads.
He also said that this bat-first technique is good in Asian soils where the bounce of the ball after pitching is traditionally low.
The loss on Sunday was Australia’s 9th defeat out of 14 tests in Asian subcontinent since 2008. Their only win came in 2011 against Sri Lanka.