Australia is currently touring India for a four-match Test series for the Broder Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) 2023. Former Australian cricketer Geoff Lawson has revealed that current head coach Andrew MacDonald’s strategy is focused on the quality of fast bowling rather than the temptation to spin in sub-continental conditions.
India are the current holder of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, having won the last three series against Australia in 2017, 2018-19, and 2020-21. The Rohit Sharma-led team won the series at home in 2017 and have visited the land of the Kangaroos twice in the last four years, defeating them on both occasions to retain the BGT.
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In his column for ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’, Geoff Lawson said that the team’s success in the subcontinent depends on the quality of the fast bowling. He noted that Australia had defeated India in 2004 with a fine fast-bowling lineup.
“I caught up with Australian coach Andrew McDonald in a recreational setting last week, but we naturally talked a bit of cricket. His broad view of Australia’s potential success in the next four Test matches was based around the quality of his fast bowling rather than the temptation to fight spin with spin. The method of 2004 subcontinental success was founded on Australia’s fine seam bowling line-up and India’s fault line against that quality.”
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A Rampant Indication Of The Style Of Pitches – Geoff Lawson
Australia won the Test series in India 2-1 in 2004, winning Test matches in Bangalore and Nagpur before losing to the hosts in the final match in Mumbai. Their pace bowlers, Jason Gillespie, Glenn McGrath, and Michael Kasprowicz, bowled well and took 20, 14, and nine wickets, respectively. Lawson believes the formula could work for the visitors to win the series in 2023.
“India have four spinners in their squad for the first two Tests, a rampant indication of the style of pitches that will be served up. India have spin bowlers of variety and quality, and they have batters who play spin well. It’s a birthright.”
“The magician Shane Warne at his best held them in check, but could not dominate Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag etc. The faster bowlers — Jason Gillespie, Glenn McGrath, and Michael Kasprowicz — threatened constantly. The formula has been tried and the Tests were positive for Australia, so why not go down that path again?” he added.
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