Australia banking on left-handers to blunt Steyn's pace and swing

Sydney, Nov 6 (ANI): Australia's coach Mickey Arthur has put down the selection of Rob Quiney, a third left hander at the top of the order, in place of the injured Shane Watson for the Gabba Test, to the fact that South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn hasn't bowled well to left-handers.

Arthur, however, quickly corrected himself, not wanting to provide extra motivation to Steyn four days before their showdown in Brisbane.

"Let me just rephrase that. He's bowled a lot better to right-handers than to left-handers. He's a phenomenal bowler but [Quiney] just gives us another left-hander in the top order," he said.

The inclusion of Quiney at No.3 in place of injured all-rounder Shane Watson, leaves Michael Clarke's team with five out of seven left-handers among their genuine batsmen, stretching down to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.

Steyn's comparative success rate against left and right-handers backs Arthur's assertion that his fast, sometimes skidding style-repeatedly moving the ball away from the right-hander-is suited to one kind of batsman more than the other, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The 29-year-old has bowled 63.18 per cent of deliveries in his Test career to right-handers; of his 287 victims a larger proportion, 71.08 per cent, were right-handed, the paper said. (ANI)

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