Melbourne. Former Australia captain Adam Gilchrist is confident that the Pat Cummins-led team can win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after 19 years in India if they field three fast bowlers along with spinner Nathan Lyon. Former wicket-keeper batsman Gilchrist, who was Australia’s stand-in captain during the 2004 series, said that experimenting with new spinners in subcontinent conditions has never been beneficial and Cummins should refrain from doing so. Australia has won only one Test series in India since 1969.
Adam Gilchrist told ‘Fox Sports’ on Tuesday,” I think they will be able to do it (winning the series). I think they have got a team and a playing XI which has many similarities with the 2004 team. He said, “Most teams go to India with the hope that they will bring out a new spinner, who will surprise everyone in India by adjusting, but it does not happen.”
Gilchrist feels that Australia should rely on their best four bowlers. He said that highly experienced fast bowlers should have no problem in reverse swinging the ball. He said, “Pick your best four bowlers – and if these are three fast bowlers who can get really good reverse swing and Nathan Lyon, who is clearly the best off-spinner we have ever had, then he can play his part. Can. I think they should do the same.”
Currently Australia’s most experienced fast bowler, 32-year-old Mitchell Starc is recovering from a finger injury on his bowling hand and is likely to be ruled out of the first Test in Nagpur. All-rounder Cameron Green also suffered a fracture in his finger, after which he underwent surgery. However, he is expected to be fit for the first Test starting on February 9. Former cricketer Gilchrist said that the return of fast bowling all-rounder Green could give the team an opportunity to choose an additional spinner.
On the 2004 series win and the lessons for the current team, Gilchrist said, “What we tried to change with our mindset at that time – and I’ll be interested to see if the Aussies do the same this time – just Do not take any spinner just like that.
He said, “Target the stumps straight from the first ball itself. Be defensive to be aggressive… start with a slip, start with a fielder at mid-wicket to take a catch, eliminate the option of a boundary by keeping a fielder at the boundary line, but have some fielders to take catches – or So over short cover or short midwicket – and just be patient.”
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 17, 2023, 18:04 IST