Reverse swing 'lethal weapon' in India: Arthur

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Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 15:15 [IST]
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'Reverse swing lethal weapon in India'

Bangalore, Feb 13: Australia coach Mickey Arthur feels fast bowlers can do "serious damage" and reverse swing will be a "lethal weapon" in Indian conditions.

Arthur, writing on Cricket Australia's website on Monday (February 12), listed out how his team could succeed in the four-match Test series which starts in Chennai on February 22.

Calling India as an "incredible" part of the world, he felt any visiting needs to "absorb" pressure and also apply pressure on the hosts.

"It's (India) an incredible part of the world and there's an art to having Test match success there. Any visiting team has to be able to absorb pressure and, equally, you have to be able to apply pressure over very long periods," Arthur wrote.

"India is a team that is tough to wear down in sub-continental conditions but they're possible to crack if you're prepared work really hard and sweat a bit.

"I was last there for a Test series as South Africa's coach in 2008. The series finished 1-1. There was a draw in in Chennai, South Africa won in Ahmedabad and then the hosts played four spinners in the final Test in Kanpur to propel India to victory and tie the series up," he said.

The South African continued: "What I learned on that tour was that quick bowlers can do serious damage in Indian conditions.

"The ability to produce pace through the air and to swing the ball conventionally is crucial. But reverse swing is a lethal weapon in India. I'm a great believer in playing to your strengths and we believe we have the fast bowling battery to exploit these conditions and place plenty of doubt in the minds of the opposition."

The coach also said first sessions of Test matches are "massive" and it was important to hold onto your chances to win.

"First sessions in India are massive and set the tone. If you don't hold your chances in the field in India you'll come unstuck," Arthur said.

Australia have Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Jackson Bird and James Pattinson as their fast bowlers in the 17-man squad for India series.

Even Siddle had mentioned how their fast bowlers could make an impact in the Test series. It will be interesting to see the battle between Australia pacemen and home batsmen.


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