Stuart Clark, Former Australia pace spearhead feels the odds India have going into Thursday’s semis is that they have “world class” off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in their ranks with the Australian side lacking a quality spin bowler.
Stuart Clark, who played 24 Tests and 39 One Day Internationals for Australia, told PTI during an interaction at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), that he thinks one place where India has advantage over Australia in this match is presence of Ravichandran Ashwin in their team. He is a world-class spin bowler and Australia, especially do not have a world-class spin bowler. Conversely, Australia will have players who could be a bit quicker than their Indian counterparts.
The 39 years old, who had a dream Test debut for the Australian team against South Africa, back in 2006, felt that in hindsight it might look that Australia could have selected a specialist spin bowler.
Clark, was quoted saying: “You can look at it in hindsight but they have picked their best 15. One has to understand that Australia do not have a frontline ODI spinner. Nathan Lyon has been a good Test spinner but has had very limited opportunities in one dayers.”
Clark, who made his Test debut at the age of 30 who had played his first-class cricket in Australia for New South Wales, possesses a good knowledge about the character of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) wicket.
He pointed out that it has more bounce than it used to be earlier with a lot more life now. No matter which side wins the toss, it should put up a huge score as it will be hard to chase over there.
According to Clarke the Indian bowlers showed a lot more intensity after going through the motions in the tri-series.
He added that the Indian bowling attack is much better than what they saw during the One Day International series. There are several reasons for that. Firstly, there has been more intensity in their performance. It looked as if they were going through the motions a wee bit during tri-series. With ICC World Cup starting, there is lot more intent in their bowlers. Secondly, Mohit Sharma is a good bowler for India, who has bowled well at different stages of the match. Umesh Yadav has also bowled well. Mohammed Shami has appeared as the star of the tournament.