The age-old success mantra for Aussies on the sub-continent of one spinner and three quicks, doesn’t seem to work.
In my previous article, I suggested a one spinner attack with Lyon. Based on the results, now we are pushed to look at the only other option, the idea which England tried here. That brings us to Xavier Doherty.
No one can assure Doherty would emulate Monty Panasar, but still he is the last resort here. And the bowler to go would certainly be Mitchell Starc, since the Hyderabad surface is bound to more closely resemble Chennai than Mohali.
I live in Chennai and am well aware of the heat in these southern states of India, so it’s natural we would get a much drier surface in Hyderabad too. Mitchell Starc will not be able to help us by any means, though he bowled well in the first game.
I am also disappointed with Peter Siddle, as he didn’t get us those few crucial breakthroughs with his hit-the-deck-hard bowling. Siddle should be out, which should bring in Mitchell Johnson, who can bat better than Siddle too.
Ed Cowan, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson and Matthew Wade struggled more against spin, but I would count Hughes as unlucky, having watched both the dismissals. I still would go with him for the next game.
Looking at Wade asks serious questions about his selection for India. How can anyone believe he could play spin here? Though many played poorly, he was pathetic against spin. How good it would be if Brad Haddin or Tim Paine was here.
Paine has the technique to play spin and use his feet, he would have surely made a difference. Cowan needs to go, can be replaced by Steve Smith, who has the technique for sub-continent wickets.
My XI would be:
12th man – Glenn Maxwell
Looking forward to your suggestions and opinion!