Inexperience Aussie spinners make India favourites: Whatmore

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New Delhi, Sep 13 (UNI) Former Sri Lanka coach Dav Whatmore believes that India will have a bright chance to avenge their 2004 series loss to Australia as the visitors' inexperience in the spin department will weaken the Aussie bowling attack.

The Director (Cricket Operations) of the National Cricket Academy, Bangalore said the Indians should take advantage of the inexperienced Australian bowling.

''I think in the series they are fairly fortunate. There is no Warne, no McGrath (in the Australian squad), that is over a 1000 wickets taken out. India have got advantage. Generally, speaking you would need everyone firing for Australia to win a Test match,'' he stated.

''The attack thats coming over is not as experienced as what has been. They (India) will enjoy that, they will capitalise on that, get enough runs, protect and bowl the opposition out twice,'' the Australian was qouted as saying by a cricket website.

Whatmore though sounded a word of caution for the hosts as well and said, ''India would do well if they allow their pace spearhead Brett Lee and captain Ricky Ponting little success.'' ''It is an inexperienced side coming over. But even in this inexperienced team, there are a couple of match-winners in Lee and Ponting. We cannot overlook that.'' ''We can never write Ponting off. He has enough experience in the subcontinent. He has played enough in Pakistan, India, as well as Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in recent times. He has enough experience here to come along and start to play the ball not coming onto the bat as much as these guys like,'' Whatmore said.

''The (Australian) bowling attack will be worked around Lee, no question about it. It is the spin attack that worries me from their view. Not sure they have decent spinners, they certainly have no experience in Indian conditions,'' said the 1996 world-cup winning coach.

''The batting will centre around Ricky Ponting, but if their openers Phil Jaques and Matthew Hayden, dont give them a good start, it will be difficult for them to get a big total. At least good enough to defend themselves,'' he observed.

Whatmore, also mentioned that over the years India-Australia series has grown in stature comparable to the Ashes.

''Ashes are played every second year once away and once at home.

Maybe people are getting sick of all that ... overkill of all that.

These fixtures between India and Australia are beginning to take more importance. Both sides are boasting some decent players and it is important to beat each other particularly in your home ground, so I think it is emerging to be pretty important series in the calendar of world cricket,'' he added.


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