Cricket Australia calls for a spin summit to address deficiency in quality slow bowlers

May 6th, 2009 - 6:59 pm ICT by ANI  

Brisbane, May 6 (ANI): Australia’s shortage of quality spin bowlers has prompted the game’s custodians to call for a “spin summit” at Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence (COE) in Brisbane later this year.

Some of the nation’s best thinkers on the art of spin, including Shane Warne’s mentor Terry Jenner and COE spin bowling coach John Davison, will meet in June to try to resolve why Australia’s tweakers are struggling to make an impact in all levels of the game.

The anticipated wave of talent inspired by Shane Warne’s career hasn’t materialised, with spin bowlers struggling to assert themselves in the national side since his retirement.

Spin experts have suggested the problem lies partly with individuals lacking perseverance and also with captains not knowing how to use them.

Australia’s approach to this year’s Ashes series in England is likely to take a similar path, with Nathan Hauritz the likely touring spinner because he is the most steady, allowing captain Ricky Ponting to set a suffocating field.

When national chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch was asked whether Australia would use attacking spin in England or rely more on containment to create wickets, he said the concept of attacking was “overrated’.

“The word attacking is a bit overrated really, to assert pressure from one end is attacking cricket,” Hilditch argued.

“Some spinners you regard as more attacking might spin the ball a bit more, they might be a bit more erratic, but really it’s about asserting pressure and performing the role the captain wants.” (ANI)

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