Chuck the 'doosra': Oz spinners

Published: Monday, July 27, 2009, 17:29 [IST]
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Chuck the 'doosra': Oz spinners

Wellington: Australia"s leading spin-bowling legends and coaches have elected to banish the doosra, making it difficult for their own spinners who are working hard to come at par with their sub-continental counterparts.

Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence in Brisbane last month organised a spin summit in which delegates including Shane Warne, Stuart MacGill, Jim Higgs, Gavin Robertson, Terry Jenner, Peter Philpott and Ashley Mallett arrived at a decision that there was no place for the delivery to be taught in that country.

It was a judgment based upon the shared belief that the doosra, pioneered by Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq in the 1990s and since adopted by numerous spinners, cannot be bowled legally.

This belief is evidently not shared at ICC level, where numerous slow bowlers, most recently Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan, have been allowed to bowl the delivery after being cleared by biomechanical testing, the AAP reported.

“There was unanimous agreement that the off-spinner"s 'other-one", the doosra, should not be coached in Australia," Mallett wrote in the Adelaide Review.

“I have never seen anyone actually bowl the doosra. It has to be a chuck. Until such time as the ICC declares that all manner of chucking is legal in the game of cricket, I refuse to coach the doosra. All at the spin summit agreed," he added.


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