Left-handers will struggle against Bhajji: Mallett

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Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 14:49 [IST]
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Mumbai, Feb 14: Former Australian legendary spinner Ashley Mallett, feels India's off-spinner Harbhajan would trouble the visiting Australian side yet again during the four-match series after troubling Steve Waugh's XI in 2001.

A veteran of 38 Tests and 9 ODIs, Ashley Mallett in 2011, had predicted that the off-spinner would torment Aussies in the series against India, as they lost it 2-1. After 12 years, the legendary spinner who played a vital role in Australia's series win in India in the year 1969-70 has said that Harbhajan Singh would again trouble Michael Clarke and team during the four-match Test series.

'Harbhajan will torment Aussies again'

Harbhajan picked 32 wickets in the series against Australia in 2001, though Steve Waugh's men were termed favourites to win the series in India.

"I expected the Indian selectors to pick Harbhajan since we have more left-handers than slice bread. He gets under our skin and if he can bowl half as well as what he has bowled before, he'll do alright." the 68-year old told Mid-day.

Harbhajan who has dismissed left-handers with ease, would dominate the current Aussie batting line-up, said Ashley Mallett while talking to Mid-day from Adelaide.

"I think the left-handers are going to really struggle. It is very important for them to rotate the strike. If they try and sit on one leg, they'll get knocked over," Mallett was quoted as saying.

Mallett also feels that Team India need to put runs on the board in order to get some help from the spinners especially after their dismal show against England at home.

"They have to set enough runs for their spinners, who are not as good as Bishan Singh Bedi and Erapalli Prasanna and they are not as good as Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar. India were totally out-bowled by England. They'll back themselves to out-spin our blokes, but don't be surprised if our bowlers do well," Australia's legendary spinner added.

India are playing four Test matches against Australia, as the first Test is starting on February 22 at Chennai.


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