Former Australia cricket legend Jeff Thomson has advised the Indian cricketing pundits to have more faith in fast bowlers and give them a longer rope. Thomson, who in his days terrorized batsmen with his sheer pace, went on to say that Indian captains do not trust their pacers to a great extent.

“It’s a matter of attitude really on the field by the bowlers and the captain,” Thomson said. “Captains use some of the fast bowlers to scuff the ball up so the spinners can come on. You’ve got to get them out of that mentality and trust in the fast bowlers,” he said.

Thomson also added that young Indian pacers should bulk up on their muscular strength so that they can become far more competent. “A lot of the Indian kids are a bit slight, that comes back to diet and that sort of thing which is always awkward. So they probably lack a bit of strength that way, so you’ve got to bulk them up a bit,” Thomson said.

Thomson also added that excess of T20 cricket was taking its toll on the patience of cricketers. “I think they’re a bit influenced by the shorter forms of the game,” he said of batsmen. “When they get into a Test match the mentality is still a short-form game where they get on with it, they try to attack bowlers and if it doesn’t work they get out and they don’t seem too worried about it. “They don’t seem to have a lot of patience these days,” concluded Thomson.

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