Australia to use innovative tactic to counter Sri Lankan spinner

Krishna Chopra / 05 June 2016
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Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath might well be in the twilight of his career, but he can still surely cause havoc on wickets that assist him. The left arm spinner recently got to 300 career test wickets against England at Durham. With Australia set to tour Sri Lanka for a test series in July, Herath will be the key for Sri Lanka.

Against the attacking Australian batsmen, Herath’s guile and experience will come into the picture. If Australia is to succeed in Sri Lanka, then countering the threat possessed by Herath becomes imperative. In order to do so, the Australians have appointed former Indian spinner Sridharan Sriram as the spin consultant.

The motive behind doing so is that Sriram can replicate the characteristics of Herath’s skills, and can thus prepare the Australian batsmen of what is to come for the tour. Sriram has already started working with the Australia A team for the tour.

“I’m going to try to bowl like him” Sriram said in a chat with cricket.com.au. “He does have 300 Test wickets to be fair to him. The release and the angle may be similar, so it might help them acclimatize and we can talk to them about what he looks to do, give them an idea of what to expect.”

“He’s got very clever changes of pace. He’s accurate, he bowls the one that comes in to the right-hander and the one that goes away, so he threatens your pad as well as your outside edge and that puts the batsman in doubt of where to play, he’s thinking, ‘Where am I going to play?’ “That’s his greatest strength,” Sriram added.

 

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