Improve technique against spin; chappell tells Ponting

Published: Friday, September 19, 2008, 16:37 [IST]
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Sydney: Australia's former captain Ian Chappell has urged captain Ricky Ponting to improve his technique against spin bowling ahead of the difficult tour of India next month.

''Playing good spinners has always been Ponting's achilles heel.

He tends to push out at the ball when defending rather than letting the ball come to him,'' Chappell told the local media here yesterday.

''Good players of spin reach out to smother the spin in attack, but in defence let the ball come to them,'' Chappel added. ''Ponting has been dismissed for so many low scores, he hasn't found a method that will allow him to survive this danger period.'' The former skipper also urged Ponting not to lose his patience specially at the start of an innings.

''Also, Ponting's desire to dictate gets him into a bit of trouble in India. He hasn't displayed the patience required at the start of an innings when you are facing good spinners in India,'' he opined.

''The important things . . . are finding a survival method, watching the ball off the pitch really closely, working out what shots you can and can't play and learning you have a fraction of a second longer to play the ball off the pitch when compared to Australia.'' Ponting has piled up more than 10,000 runs from 119 Tests at an impressive average of 58.37 but has failed to make a mark in India.

He has managed just 172 runs from eight Tests at a miserable average of 12.28 with a top score of 60.


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