October 22, 2008

Bowlers look for reverse gear

Brydon Coverdale

Australia's players have been given some time off during their extended break between Tests but they still have plenty to work on ahead of Delhi. Finding out how to use reverse swing like Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, for one.

"There was reverse swing in the tenth over of the game. That has such an impact," Michael Clarke said of Australia's loss in Mohali. "India are bowling across the seam in the first four or five overs to try and rough the ball up as much as possible to make it reverse swing early.

"I didn't see that on my first tour of India. Why are they reverse swinging it in the tenth over and we're reverse swinging it in the 80th over?"

That might be a question for Australia's bowling coach Troy Cooley. Last time the Australians were demolished by a reverse-swinging attack was during the 2005 Ashes when Cooley was England's bowling coach.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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