Former Australian batter, Mike Hussey opines that T20 cricket was to blame for Australia’s poor shot selection that has led to their downfall against India in the second Test at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium. Australian batter’s tactics to keep on playing a variety of sweep shots against Indian spinners backfired as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja ran through the visitor’s batting line-up in the Delhi Test.
During a recent chat with Fox Cricket, Mike Hussey said, “Yes, probably. I mean we are seeing it a lot more in those short-form games. We are seeing ramps and all kinds of different shots, which we would never have seen, 10-15 years ago. You know, that’s a fair comment.”
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Ravindra Jadeja’s seven-wicket haul in 12.1 overs was the highlight of Australia’s second innings as they got bundled out for a meager score of 113. Meanwhile, Ashwin took three wickets. Both the Indian spinners had a similar outing, having dominated in the first Test match as well.
With India having an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy, many former players and experts blamed Australia’s batting collapse in New Delhi on their use of the reverse sweep shot against Indian spinners.
Talking about the current situation of the Australian team, Mike Hussey said, “It’s about when you choose. It is a good shot to have in your armory, but it is about playing it at the right time against the right type of bowler in the right conditions and I don’t think they got that right.”
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The Australian team will travel to Indore for the third Test beginning on March 1. The fourth and final Test, which will take place in Ahmedabad, is set to begin on March 9.