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How planning well and playing smart cricket can help Oz solve Indian riddle

Monday - Feb 04, 2013, 02:55pm (GMT+5.5)
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Sydney - Australia would need to plan well and play smart cricket if they want to stand any chance of winning against India in the brutal sub continental conditions, according to senior cricket writer, Robert Craddock.

"Australia will start rank outsiders in this month's four-Test series but they can win if they plan well and play smart, Craddock wrote in his column for

Craddock gave few tips to the Australian team to get success against India on their home turf.

"With such a modest group of slow bowlers, Australia must treat the old ball like a ruby and conjure reverse swing for their fast men," he added.

"They need to appoint an on-field ball handler in charge of polishing the ball and accept they must have more than one formula for gaining Irish swing because some outfields rough up the ball perfectly for this method of bowling and others don't," he wrote.

"England stormed to a series victory in India by putting more energy on the ball. The fast men bowled quicker and hit the wicket harder and spinner Monty Panesar put more leg and hip into his action and extracted more turn," he further wrote.

Craddock added: "The iconic Indian Sachin Tendulkar has become a sad shadow of the mesmerizing force he once was but Australia must keep him down."

"Whether Glenn Maxwell or Moises Henriques is the lucky man one thing is clear, Australia needs to play an all rounder. Four Tests in five weeks in steam bath conditions demands five bowling options, even if it weakens the batting," he wrote.

Craddock further advised the Australian cricketers to keep check on the hydration levels in the subcontinent to utilize their bodies to the maximum, and he also suggested them to take lessons from the way former batsman Damien Martyn worked on his technique against spin, achieving tremendous success against India and Sri Lanka at their home.


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