Doosra essential to survive in international cricket: Pak tweaker Ajmal

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Hobart (Tasmania, Australia), Dec. 22 (ANI): Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that having a "Doosra" in your bag of tricks is essential for any spinner to survive in international cricket these days.

Ajmal bowled it during the tour match against Tasmania.

The three-day tour match at Bellerive Oval ended in a draw yesterday with Pakistan 4-141 in their second innings, a lead of 385. Tasmania was dismissed for 193 in reply to the tourists' first-innings 437. Ajmal took four wickets, his three-finger doosra claiming the scalp of Tigers captain George Bailey.

Ajmal says his doosra - a delivery that spins away from a right-handed batsman even though it is delivered with an off spinner's action - is modelled on the action of the ball's pioneer, his countryman Saqlain Mushtaq.

''In these times, Test scoring is very fast,'' he said.

''Ten years ago, Tests were slow and easy all-day batting for about 210 runs. But these days it's over 300 runs in a day. So, if you have any variety [as a bowler] you can survive. If do not have variety you cannot survive in international cricket,'' he added.

Ajmal claimed Australia's batsmen would struggle against the Doosra. (ANI)

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