With the Board of Control for Cricket in India sticking to skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s demand for rank turners, Australians have had a tough time, not only while facing the Indian spinners, but also in fielding a quality spinner in the playing XI. And now Shane Warne in his proposals for the betterment of Australian cricket has finally ventured into the area he knows most about: spin bowling.
While Warne has confessed that it will be impossible to follow him, he has spoken mainly about how spinners are looked at and handled in Australia.
He feels the system — especially domestic — is to be blamed for the lack of quality spinners coming through the ranks in the country.
Warne feels you can’t be expecting the young spinners to simultaneously attack and block the flow of runs.
"I think the problem lies in what we expect from our young spin bowlers and the way they are handled at domestic level by their captains and coaches,” Warne was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
"The attitude should always be about taking wickets and not about economy rates: 4/ 100 off 25 overs is a good result and better than 2/ 60 off 25 overs. I believe the expectations are too high and the young spinners are put under a lot of pressure to be both attacking wicket takers as well as tight economical bowlers, which is very hard to do.
"My guidelines on what to look for in a young spinner is pretty simple; someone who can spin the ball. Any fast bowler that can swing or make the ball move has a chance to take wickets; if they bowl straight they will struggle.
The same criteria applies for spin bowling.” Warne feels the problems faced by young spinners is the expectation that they will be capable of bowling equally well across all three formats — which isn’t possible.
Warne feels this is where the player has to take the call.
"Twenty20 and ODI cricket are a hindrance in the development of a young spinner as you have to bowl differently in those forms; with so many $’ s involved in the various 20/ 20 competitions around the world, it’s not an easy situation,” Warne wrote.
"This is where the responsibility falls upon the player. If the young spinner wants to play Test cricket for Australia, then maybe they have to back themselves to learn how to bowl before taking up the options available to them around the world in the shorter forms of the game.
"Easy to say, I know, but I believe we should identify our top four spinners and put them on a decent contract and have them play nothing but first class cricket for twelve months and then take a view and re- assess.” Lastly, Warne highlighted the need of a strong and constructive relationship between a spin bowler and his captain.
"They also have to play under a captain who is prepared to back the spinner and play them in all 10- shield games not just in Adelaide or Sydney where the ball spins,” Warne wrote.
"This way, the spinner gets experience in all the different conditions and the good spinners will adapt and find a way to be successful. Nothing beats knowing the captain has faith in you and will back you, as Alan Border did with me when I started. It means a lot, eases your mindset and boosts your confidence.”
Warne lays blame on Australian systemMail Today – Tue 5 Mar, 2013 11:29 AM IST
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