Ex-spinner Mallet says Oz needs to revisit strategies to produce world-class slow bowlers

Sydney, Mar 2: Former off spinner Ashley Mallet has claimed Cricket Australia (CA) needs to re-examine its coaching strategies in order to produce world-class slow bowlers Down Under.

“Is there something wrong with spin bowling Down Under? You betcha. Cricket Australia should be investigating the standard of spin bowling coaching in this country,” Mallet wrote in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Why has Cricket Australia allowed the standard of spin bowling to slip so dramatically? What are they doing at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane? At one stage they were wiring the spinners up to music,” he added.

“In 2009, I attended a spin bowling summit at the Centre of Excellence. Shane Warne, among other former Test spinners, spoke with great passion about the art. As a collective, we unanimously rejected teaching the doosra and felt that Cricket Australia could make a stand against dodgy bowling actions throughout the world,” he further wrote.

Mallet added: “We were hopeful of a spin bowling resurgence Down Under. But in the wake of that meeting, nothing of real benefit came of the proceedings. Lip service is lip service, however you dress it up.”

“And wouldn’t you know it, a few months after the summit the Centre of Excellence employed Saqlain Mushtaq, the man who invented the doosra, to instruct our spinners,” he further wrote.

“Graeme Swann is the best off-spinner in the world and he doesn’t deliver a doosra. He employs subtle changes of pace, spins hard and understands the need to get the ball dipping from just above the eye-line of the batsman. No wonder young spinners Down Under are a little confused,” he added.

“Let’s hope Cricket Australia takes heed. We have a truckload of good young fast bowlers, but we must lift the standard of spin so that our cricket has the right balance. Spin bowling Down Under needs to find a better way,” he concluded. (ANI)