June 4, 2011

Australian cricket

Australia turn to spin kingmaker

Akhila Ranganna

He is the inventor of the doosra and today, former Pakistan offspinner Saqlain Mushtaq is fast becoming a spiritual mentor for Australia's current crop of spin bowlers observes Phil Lutton in the Age. And it's not just the cricketers who are benefitting from Mushtaq's stint at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane.

It's not just our tweakers who stand to benefit from his prophetic pearls. The softly-spoken but highly influential Pakistan great has urged the Australian selection panel to show patience and faith in their next spin selection or risk the post-Warne stagnation continuing even longer.

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