Australian batter Alex Carey has said that while focusing on spinners in spin-friendly conditions is important, they should not underestimate the fast bowlers as well. Carey, who recently played for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League (BPL), opened up about Australia’s tour of Pakistan last year where he experienced reverse swing as well.
Carey shared his comments ahead of the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which is slated to begin on February 9. The opening Test will take place at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur as well.
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“Going to Pakistan there was a lot of spin talk and I found the reverse-swinging ball really difficult,” Carey was quoted as saying to the reporters. “I played a four-day game (for Australia A against India A) in 2018 and a lot of the talk was about spin and you forget a little bit about how damaging how both teams’ fast bowlers are with a reverse swinging ball, with a wicket that might be a little bit up and down,” he stated.
“Having the preparation and the game to ebb and flow between fast bowling and spin, and (during) dry periods where you won’t score, (is important),” Carey said.
The southpaw also opined on using the sweep shot to good effect in conditions that are conducive to spin bowling as well. Alex Carey said that he wouldn’t hesitate to play sweeps if needed against India.
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“I’ve got a sore glute today, I played a few yesterday. I bat seven, so I get to have a bit of a look at what the conditions are doing. You go out there with a bit of a plan to hopefully succeed, it doesn’t always happen but if you can put it in your favour a little, that’s helpful,” Alex Carey concluded.