Sydney, Mar 4: Legendary Shane Warne has claimed Australia’s young spin bowlers are being neglected at domestic level by captains, coaches and curators, blaming a lack of attention to their growth as the reason for the current trivial pool of top-class talent.
The spin great was in Chennai as a television commentator to witness Australia’s eight-wicket defeat in the first Test, in which off-spinner Nathan Lyon was bashed around by India’s captain MS Dhoni and ultimately dropped despite also claiming four wickets, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Australia’s second Test spin duo, Xavier Doherty and Glenn Maxwell, made only minimal impact against the marathon partnership of century-makers Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay on the second day of the second Test in Hyderabad.
While releasing the fourth part of his manifesto on the state of Australian cricket, Warne said he thinks the problem lies in what they expect from their young spin bowlers and the way they are handled at domestic level by their captains and coaches,” said Warne,.
Warne added the attitude should always be about taking wickets and not about economy rates, adding 4/100 off 25 overs is a good result and better than 2/60 off 25 overs.
Warne further said his guidelines on what to look for in a young spinner is pretty simple, someone who can spin the ball, adding any fast bowler that can swing or make the ball move has a chance to take wickets; if they bowl straight they will struggle, and the same criteria applies for spin bowling; straight = struggle, spin the ball = wickets.
Spinners do not even feature in the upper echelons on the leader board of top wicket-takers in the Sheffield Shield for the summer, with Stephen O’Keefe the top slow bowler at 17th overall with 17 wickets.
Warne said conditions at domestic level were stunting the development of the next generation of Australian spinners, as were the directions of captains and coaches. (ANI)