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Former Australia pacer Geoff Lawson has admitted the Aussie selection panel has missed a trick or two by not having adequate firepower in the pace bowling department for the upcoming tour of India. The Australian selectors instead focused more on spinners and included a spin quartet for the tour. Keeping in mind the nature of Indian pitches, spin bowling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was chosen as well.
The pace department comprises of only three names in Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird. While Bird hasn’t played much in sub-continent, Starc had a fantastic outing in Sri Lanka last year. Lawson has a valid point here, as going in with just three pacers along with the medium pace of Mitchell Marsh on flat Indian decks could backfire horribly.
“The selectors have really missed the point about what it takes for Australia to win in India as opposed to what it takes for India to win in India,” Lawson said.”Australia should be concentrating on its fast bowlers. We’ve got some world-class guys; we’ve got Hazlewood and Starc who are as good as anybody and they’ll bowl well in those conditions and they’ll bowl reverse swing and they will challenge the Indian batsmen.”
“India have produced a lot of big-spinning pitches, which they’re entitled to, and they can play on it. They know how to bat on them they know how to bowl on them.”That’s their big advantage. Their guys in Ashwin and Jadeja have been almost unplayable and they’ve got some terrific batsmen.”
Lawson added that despite picking quite a few spinners, Australia should have added more vigor to their pace bowling department.
“You don’t just pick spinners for the sake of going to India and bowling spinners, so why there is another left-arm orthodox [Agar] in the squad is beyond me, unless they want him to bat at the top of the order.
“You’ve got Lyon and O’Keefe, who I think will do very well, particularly Steve O’Keefe, but Australia should be concentrating on its fast bowlers.”It was Australia’s fast bowlers that won that series in 2004, it wasn’t really the spinners,” he concluded.