New Zealand news September 7, 2012

Brownlie to work on batting skills in India

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand batsman Dean Brownlie will travel to India in October, to work on his batting in spinner-friendly conditions. Brownlie, who was dropped from the New Zealand squad after a poor tour of the Caribbean, said he had been looking to take up such a training stint for 'a couple of years'.

"I've wanted this for quite a while," Brownlie told Fairfax NZ News. "I've been pushing for this for a couple of years, because I didn't want to waste a tour - I suppose, like I did [against West Indies] - working out my best way to play in those conditions. But the cricket has been so full on and so busy, so it's been hard to get the time to do it."

Brownlie will train at a Mumbai academy for five days, before heading to Pune to play in a few local matches. He will leave for India soon after the completion of New Zealand A's home series against India A, which runs from September 18 to October 6.

In the Caribbean, Brownlie had been dismissed on five occasions out of nine (including the tour game against WICB President's XI) by the spinners, and got into double digits only twice on the tour, with a highest of 35.

More than the technical aspects of his game, though, it is the mental side of it that needed some working on, Brownlie said. "It's not so much about making big changes," he said. "I need to learn to trust my game a little bit more. I realise it shouldn't have taken six weeks on tour [in the West Indies] to realise what I was doing wrong, but it did.

"I think I can play spin well, but I do need to work on how I play it in those [slow, low] conditions."

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  • Shakti on September 9, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Its good to see a cricketer working hard & trying to build techniques that can be successful in most conditions.

  • michael on September 8, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    I wish him well and all the best, but it seems to me that Brownlie, Flynn, Franklin and McCullum as a batsman are just not of sufficient standard and talent to be consistant international test batsmen and they could save themselves a lot heart ache if someone in authority would tell them so

  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    smart move from brownlie ... he's a solid batsman and played well when new zealand toured australia. good to see he's got the brains to spot a problem and take a serious effort to correct it.

  • Lindsay on September 8, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Good stuff Brownlie, fully respect him for taking responsibility for his batting and doing this. I agree that more of our batsmen should do this. Hope it works well for him, he showed glimpses of his ability against Aussie, and it would be awesome to have a fully confident Brownlie shoring up our middle order.

  • jared on September 8, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    Shame its only Brownlie going, all the NZ batsman need to do this. I think it would be far more benificial for NZ players to do overseas stints in India rather than county cricket in England they already face those conditions at home. For more balance to their game and more improved skill set against quality spin bowling on different style pitches spending the off season in India would vastly improve our game on the international stage. Good on you Brownlie i hope the others follow.

  • Imran on September 7, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Wonder when guys from India like Raina, Gambhir, Murali vijay, Y Pathan and others would want to go to SA, AUS or England to Improve on their weakness against Short stuff. Or Ishant, Sreesanth, Umesh, Dinda, Aaron wanting to improve upon their control over the length and obtaining a lethal tinge in their bowling. Probably never I guess....

  • Akshay on September 7, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    @CricketMaan- ironically, majority of the batting legends are from the sub-continent specially about that??

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    good decision taken by brownie i think indian young batsman like pujara rahane ,etc must be sent to countries like england and australia

  • surya on September 7, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Time for our batsman to get trained in the bouncy fast bowling friendly pitches in Australia and other countries . But our players wont. Our only weapon is getting exposed.

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Take lessons from Dravid & I am sure you will return with a bagfull of lessons on how to toy with spin bowling. You have chosen the right place for your training. Good luck mate...

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