Aussies to emulate the secret of Indian pacers reverse swing in Delhi, Nagpur

October 23rd, 2008 - 2:01 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney , Oct 23 (ANI): Australians have reportedly discovered the secret behind India s impressive swing bowling, which resulted in a crushing defeat by 320 runs of the visitors in the second Test in Mohali earlier this week.

And, the tourists have decided to emulate the trick in rest of the two matches in Delhi and Nagpur .

After closely watching hours of video footage of Indian seam bowlers Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, the Australians noted that the hosts held the ball across the seam while bowling, after only a handful of overs, or as soon as they have stopped generating conventional swing.

This causes the ball to land on its side rather than the seam, so as to scuff up one side on the abrasive surface of the pitch - at which point the bowlers shine the other side and let the reverse swing begin, reported the Sydney Morning Herald.

Aussie Vice-captain Michael Clarke said that he was taken by surprise, but the Australian bowlers would learn from the Indian pacemen and attempt to emulate them in the remaining Tests in New Delhi and Nagpur .

The ball is reverse swinging in the 10th over of the game, and that has such an impact. India are holding the ball across the seam the first four or five overs of the game to try and rough it up as much as possible, to get it to reverse swing as early as it can, the paper quoted Clarke as saying.

He added: That is something I have learnt. I didn”t even see that in my first tour in India . I knew the ball was reverse swinging but I didn”t take any notice of how. We are learning as we go, so I see so many positives come out of the last two Test matches that I am certain will hold us in good stead for Delhi and Nagpur. (ANI)

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