October 7, 2008

Ponting clocks on for offspin duty

Spin is such a massive weakness for Australia and with Michael Clarke suffering from a stomach problem, they are looking at all options. Even Ricky Ponting spent time delivering offspinners at training in Bangalore, just in case he’s needed.

Jason Krejza has been under heavy scrutiny during the first two weeks of the tour, particularly from Yuvraj Singh in Hyderabad, and there was more extreme focus on him during Australia’s first practice at the ground. Andrew Hilditch, a full-time analyst in his roles as a lawyer and Australia’s chairman of selectors, watched the slow-bowling net for most of the session as Krejza, the offspinner, and Cameron White, the legspinner, tried to convince him they were ready for a debut. Simon Katich, whose left-arm wrist spin could be handy, had a go too.

Peter English is former Australasia editor of ESPNcricinfo