Australia v Bangladesh, Group A, World Twenty20, Barbados

Clarke wary of India's spin

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May 5, 2010

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Michael Hussey plays the ball down the ground, Australia v Bangladesh, Group A, ICC World Twenty20, Barbados, May 5, 2010
Michael Hussey's unbeaten 47 was the crucial innings for Australia © AFP

Australia's batsmen have got until Friday to perfect a plan to deal with India's spinners after they overcame a scare against Bangladesh to reach the Super Eights. Michael Clarke's side was 65 for 6 before scrambling to 141 for 7 on the way to a 27-run victory.

The next challenge is India in Barbados and the batsmen will face another stern examination from their high quality slow men. "Spin bowling is going to play a big part in this tournament, whether that's how you face spin or you bowl spin," Clarke said.

"India have got some good spin bowlers, Harbhajan [Singh] is one of the best in the world, so we're going to have to work out a plan against him and back ourselves at that. Every player in our team plays spin bowling differently, you need to be confident with your plan and stick to that."

Australia won both their group games to move into the second round and Clarke said the result that sent Bangladesh from the tournament was satisfying. They relied on an unbeaten 47 from Michael Hussey before Dirk Nannes produced a career-best 4 for 18 as Bangladesh fell for 114.

"Our top order obviously didn't perform as well as we'd like," Clarke said. "The conditions were a lot different to St Lucia, we probably didn't adapt as well as we'd like. But to scrape our way to 140, Huss played a wonderful innings as he always seems to do when we're under pressure, and young Steve Smith batted really well.

"Our execution with the ball was spot on. I think these conditions are really going to help our fast bowlers, there was a lot of pace and bounce in that wicket. There was also a little bit of spin as well."

Clarke said the top-order batsmen should have tried to build more partnerships as the wickets fell quickly. "But in this form of the game it's hard, you're trying to score runs from every ball you face and you're disappointed when you don't," he said. "It comes at a cost when you bat like that, you take risks and sometimes it doesn't pay off.

Mitchell Johnson missed the match with an elbow infection but Clarke is hopeful he will be fit for the India game. "He was certainly improving this [Wednesday] morning," he said. "Mitch is a huge part of our team with both bat and ball, hopefully he is fit."

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Posted by Abaa on (May 8, 2010, 12:17 GMT)

what a fantabulous set-up that was by Michael Clarke !!! Totally rubbished all the spinners except Harbajan

Posted by Bollo on (May 7, 2010, 16:33 GMT)

Have a seat lads, grab a fork, and dig in. That`s pie for dinner, of the humble variety.

Posted by on (May 7, 2010, 15:41 GMT)

Some of the indians has grown a habit of calling others ordinary. Started with Sehwag who has the lowest average against Bangladesh still calling them ordinary . Then Gambhir calling Rajasthan Royals ordinary who were champion of first IPL on the other hand his DD never made it to final forget about champion. Now the virus has spread into their supporters. I see here and there they are calling other teams ordinary. wow... thats very good practice of indian style learning. Starting from their star and now their fans ... great going guys... keep it up..

Posted by S.N.Singh on (May 7, 2010, 13:24 GMT)


Posted by S.N.Singh on (May 7, 2010, 13:11 GMT)


Posted by hurry366 on (May 7, 2010, 12:58 GMT)

i think australia will teach india how to play short balls. raina will score a duck and will prove his weakness.pitch will help australia score a lot more runs and make ind vulnerable.aus should replace clarke and put someone like huss in top order. clarke seems useloss. how long will he go?

Posted by longrun on (May 7, 2010, 10:23 GMT)

most of what everyone has said is spot on. symonds however will never play for australia again, as much as he probably would be our best t20, and possibly 1 day player. i'd like to see india and australia (and others) pick squads of 13 and play best of 3 in each format. some of the blokes who go ok in t20 would be useless in other formats. the blokes who i rate do it in all formats, and both sides have some. but this is a t20 tournament, so come on australia, let's get the one trophy we have yet to get.

Posted by sweetspot on (May 7, 2010, 7:36 GMT)

From what I have seen, pacy bouncy pitches make the pacy bouncy bowlers overdo their stuff and get it all wrong. If Indian spinners get bounce they will be deadly. If Zaheer and Nehra find their spots, they could be a handful. India's batting may be tested a bit, because of new conditions, but Australia should not get carried away with the short stuff against India. It only takes two of their batsmen to click to put away any team.

Posted by frozeninusa on (May 7, 2010, 4:22 GMT)

India should not make the mistake of playing three spinners. We already have Yusuf, Yuvraj, and Raina who can bowl if the wicket turn out to be assisting spin. Why do we need all of Bhajji, Jadeja, Chawla, Yusuf in the same eleven. There were mistakes in the team selection. But what we have got now, it will be better to play Rohit Sharma and another pace bowler.

Posted by sudipta177 on (May 7, 2010, 1:52 GMT)

assuies are pretty strong in every format,that's clear. But the main thing is that india have to utilise its strength to its uptimum if they have to win the game.Their strength is batting and they need to have a good platfrom form from the begning and the middle order has to play a big role,specially dhoni and yousuf. Then they sould make their spin as their best weapon today to bind the assuies if they to look for a victory here.All the best india.

Posted by Manikchand_Gutka_eating_desi on (May 6, 2010, 23:48 GMT)

If Indian team looks weak with out Sehwag then look at Australian team too. They too look weak with out Symonds. They were choked by Zimbabwe and nearly lost match against ordinary Bangladesh. Symonds has done a great job in Twenty20 cricket and yet he's not in the team. If you want australian team to be strong then bring back big boy symo. I don't think picking speacialists will do have you win the cup. And secondly the so called "unknown" Indian bowlers did the job in 2007 Tewnty20 World Cup. Back then who was Joginder Sharma, but he sure did the job boy. Australia may have whole cabinet full of World-cup trophies but how many Tewnty20 World Cup Trophies do they have?

Posted by Vibrant_Patel on (May 6, 2010, 23:47 GMT)

Ausi. will not gonna make same mistake SA did in middle overs.. Clarke knows after playing @barbados that, it will gonna help seemers... so, clarke intentionally saying that indian spinners are too good, so that india would go with more spinners & would be easy for ausi. to play..

btw... india should play w/ zaheer & nehra..

Posted by Hardy_1984 on (May 6, 2010, 23:20 GMT)

India will shatter AUSSIESS ... India have one of the best batting line up...Yuvraj .Raina..& Dhoni... India can win only with batting pace .. if one of the mention guy will perform surely India will Win....Big match for India if India win sure India will win WorldCUP...Go ..YUVI...hit maxiimum as u can to Aussiess ...they are our enemy in Cricket field......beat them.....

Posted by CricFan78 on (May 6, 2010, 22:50 GMT)

No chance for India ..... Aussies all the way

Posted by cooldude0503 on (May 6, 2010, 21:52 GMT)

Dhoni will show you he is the most shrewd captain running around these days...he had lost some of its finesse last year due to aweful lot of injuries in a tam...but he is back and ready to sting..India is the strongest team at this time..Bhajji and Zaheer looks in great form..Nehra not bowling too bad either...Jadeja, Yuvi, Raina and Yusuf are not great bolwer but I can say they're cunning...Watch out

Posted by lakx on (May 6, 2010, 17:54 GMT)

India is a very good T20 team even on pacy and bouncy pitches now that they have good fast bowlers. I can't wait for the match! Pacy and Bouncy pitch is not a respected pitch in India because chance rather than skill play too much of a part with batsmen getting runs and getting out without even attempting a shot, however Australia look weak without any recognizable player except Hussey. Who are the other Australian players again????

Posted by kaarthik9925 on (May 6, 2010, 14:22 GMT)

THose who asy that india do not have quality spinners then think twice . What if harbhajan has not taken wickets.T20 is about containing too. If ur team is going to make only 140 odd runs by some disciplined bowling effort that will certainly make a difference.It is one that day that every one has to click even ur aussie fast bowlers. All are talking about big hitters in the Indian Team but do not forget gambhir.He is a big match winner than all others in the team.

Posted by Bone101 on (May 6, 2010, 14:18 GMT)

Australia have a very good chance in this tournament now they are picking specialist teams for the T20 format. I can't wait to see the match! T20 is not a respected format in Australia because chance rather than skill play too much of a chance, however India look weak without Sehwag. Who are the Indian bowlers again????

Posted by   on (May 6, 2010, 13:08 GMT)

Clark is just a perfect predecessor to Gilly. They're trying to bog down the opponents mentally before the crucial matches. But I doubt it will work against this Indian team. If this team gets going Kangaroos will fall their jaw hitting the floor.

Posted by sravantho on (May 6, 2010, 13:06 GMT)

when clarke himself admits that the indian spin and team is formidable, whats paining the backs of these aussie fans.......if any1 called indian spin crap, u have got an answer waiting 4 2morrow.....may the australian pace rest in peace.....

Posted by   on (May 6, 2010, 12:56 GMT)

Aussies definitely have an edge. The wicket will suit their pace attack and India should not make the mistake of dropping Khan for a spinner. The pitch assists pace bowling and not the spin. I feel its a temptation from Clarke to India to play more spinners, mind u in the last match against SA the spinners were very expensive n neither did they bowl so many wicket taking deliveries. It was the Extra bit of caution from the SA that cost them the match. Australia is not going to make that mistake again. Also I would like to see Rohit, a specialist batsman in place of jadeja. India need to strenghten their batting. After all India can win a match only through batting and not through bowling. Bhaaji is not such a threat. India have made a mistake not picking Ojha. He is an attacking bowler and has a knack of picking up crucial wickets at crucial times. T20 is all about taking wickets and not containing. Its not India who defended the match against SA but SA are themselves 2 blame 4 it.

Posted by DanieTJohn on (May 6, 2010, 12:40 GMT)

Hey do not forget that India is the only team which can give a stiff competition to Aussies. The match is gona be a belter and Indian boom booms are gona overcome the Aussie pace trio...

Posted by Reb73 on (May 6, 2010, 12:31 GMT)

@Nitold123, This being T20 WC, ICC are fair in using the past world cup results as a basis for seeding. The idea behind the seeding being that supports can book their tickets in advance knowing their team will be playing at a venue on a given date with the only proviso being that they qualify..

Besides T20 is not half as predictable as the longer formats and the difference in form/ability among the top 8 full-members is not that vast imho.

Posted by kkk47 on (May 6, 2010, 12:19 GMT)

India would have to make up their mind whether to play pre-dominantly with spin which is their strength or to go with pace which the wicket favours. India has an edge over Australia in T20's especially with Australia's top order crumbling against Bangladeshi spinners and also with Michell Johnson having elbow infection. It surely is gonna be a cracker of a match and whoever wins, surely would make it to the semis.

Posted by on (May 6, 2010, 11:52 GMT)

What the fuss all about! India has some quality spin bowlers. But it does not mean that they are unplayable. What is important that Aussi pace trio will be decisive in this bouncy pitch. Look at the way Mashrafe dominated against dangerous Aussie top order (Warner, Watson, Clarke, D Hussey). So I doubt about the fact of Indian boom boom batsmen (Dhoni, Pathan, Vijay). They will need more application than boom boom style to score runs against this formidable pace trio. So, I dont see India has any edge over Aussies rather Aussies are in better position. Remember that Bhajji is not that effective in wicket taking except some tight bowling. Anyway, we expect a nail biting fight in the match and thats what matters to us, the audience.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2010, 10:30 GMT)

except bhajji ? who is the spinner and considering he didn't have too good a game last game what is clarke babbling about !

Posted by RohnKenn on (May 6, 2010, 10:27 GMT)

Who says AUSTRALIA don't have hitters like that of INDIA, sure must be an idiot.Can anyone in the indian team be as dangerous as David Warner if u say Gambhir then its a nice joke to crack.Is YUSUF more dangerous than WATSON and remember whenever u give YUSUF short deliveries he is not able to hit them.And is the bowling attack of India more dangerous than that of Australia.I can only agree on one point and that is YUVRAJ is fantastic player and even DHONI . But what about the rest of the team.India is surely going to loose this match . Australia is a much more strong team both on paper and on the field .the fielding standards which they have no team can match that stuff .Australia will turn out to be the champions.hahahaha

Posted by popcorn on (May 6, 2010, 10:25 GMT)

India is in for a rude shock on Friday. India have a weakness against the short ball. Autralia have the best pace attack in the world. They are not bad spinners either. Australia have batting depth upto No.9,and are also masters at defending low totals - examples- Pakistan in Australia, Bangla Desh in this tournament.Michael Clarke is a shrewd captain - no one else in his place would have felt confident defending 125 against Pakistan, and 141 against Bangla Desh. But Pup did. Sri Lanka and West Indies will cause problems for India too - if the Indians don't stop being cocky, they'll be on the flight back home on May 11.

Posted by DiehardIndian on (May 6, 2010, 9:57 GMT)

Please keep Dinesh Karthik out - He is the most useless player in the team. Just keep him out and we will win :)

Posted by lvli on (May 6, 2010, 9:34 GMT)

clarke may be takin other things lightly....thinkin indian battin z vulnerable 2 short bowling...he may b right...but at th end of the day...kinds of murli vijay,yuvraj,gambhir gonna prove him wrong...n abou th spinnin combination of india..he may be missin th names of raina and yuvraj,,who are very much of potential threats apart from world class spinner in form of bhajji...all left handers wil find it very tough against th offie.....n there z piyush chawla makin th life of right handers on th pitch really difficult...lets c wat aussie attack has got for th strong opening pair(in fact,sehwag is missed very badly),M vijay is very capable of doing wat he shown at th IPL,,,,n then raina,yuvi,dhoni,yusuf, combination if plays 2 their potential...then.... INDIA===== T20(1st edition)+T2010 winners......this aalll we all indian fans desire of them.....gud luck 2 u guys....

Posted by onlinegamer55 on (May 6, 2010, 9:31 GMT)

Australia are really lucky to have been placed in a group consisting of two disheartened teams; one hasn't won a single of its past 12 T20 internationals, and the other has just been completely turned upside down by some cricket board disasters. Bangladesh have high quality spinners and some decent batsmen; in fact, in that respect, I view teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe as real threats. Many teams are considered weak if they lack badly in one department; let's face it, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, etc. have at most 1 batsmen each that could make an Australian XI (in fact, it would be fair to say that they have none). On the other hand, their bowlers are some of the best in the world; Shakib Al Hasan and Ray Price are the best ODI bowlers in the world at the moment, Shakib is the best ODI all-rounder, and guys like Cremer, Mahmudullah are nothing to sneeze at. Bangladesh destroyed with the ball, but their poor batting lost them the game. It only takes one (bat/bowl) to decide a match.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2010, 9:07 GMT)

Dave Hussey, Cam White, Shane Watson, Dave Warner.


Posted by flushharry on (May 6, 2010, 8:58 GMT)

forget all this rubbish about spinners.aussies are gonna go with an all pace attack and look out india.there will be no boom boom shots just plenty of indian wickets.they will then go on to win this tournament because its all about taking wickets not containing the opposition.i do agree with muski though,BRING BACK SIMMO

Posted by muski on (May 6, 2010, 8:26 GMT)

Aussie captain " puppy" looks like this T20 days are numbered. They should bring back Symmo from wilderness and make Mr Cricket, Micheal Hussey the captain. This is only the missing link in this otherwise wonderful team. 90% of the time, if any of their top 2 batsmen click, they will win as their bowling is undoubtedly the best in the world at the moment. All this crap and hype about Indian spin will be exposed tomorrow.

Posted by tavitayya.mudda on (May 6, 2010, 8:15 GMT)

Whatever might be , tomorrows match should be a match highlighted to the tournament, in fact IND have an edge over Australia in terms spin and boom boom shots , if u consider Yousuf, Youvaraj, Dhoni , there is no comparison in AUS team with these guys (boom boom)

Posted by tavitayya.mudda on (May 6, 2010, 8:15 GMT)

Whatever might be , tomorrows match should be a match highlighted to the tournament, in fact IND have an edge over Australia in terms spin and boom boom shots , if u consider Yousuf, Youvaraj, Dhoni , there is no comparison in AUS team with these guys (boom boom)

Posted by Nitold123 on (May 6, 2010, 7:54 GMT)

With reference to my previous posting on Group Division for Super 8s, I am hazarding a guess now. I guess the division is based on seedings prior to the tournament.For e.g, India qualifies as C2 and not C1 as SA was seeded higher before the tournament. In group A, Australia qualifies as A2 by that logic with Pakistan as A1. Hence the grouping is A1 (PAK), C1(SA), B2 (NZ), D2 (ENG) and B1 (SL), D1 (WI), A2( AUS) and C2 (IND). Wonder if seedings in T20 WC make sense. It has already been hotly debated how Australia was seeded 9th while Bangladesh was 8th. I think ICC need not only look at prev T20 WC performances for seedings. For later stages in a tournament, it should be performances in previous stages of the running tournament that decide groupings. In any case, I guess there is very little to choose in T20 between the top 8 and it is the performance on the day that counts. Nonetheless, there should be sound logic behind seedings & groupings even though it might seem trivial in T20.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2010, 7:49 GMT)

Yea Aussies Gonna Bite d Dust Against India.....But India Shud Hav Picked Up Ashwin in d Squad..He contains Well..He s More Accurate Than Harbhajan...n Dey Shud play Uthappa in place of Jadeja......Tat Wud B a Perfect squad n Adds Depth to India's Batting...

Posted by   on (May 6, 2010, 7:48 GMT)

Clarke is talking about India's spin bowling because he wants forget about India's good bunch of pacer's who can be decisive on this pitch..which Australia could not handle effectively during the Bangladesh match. The bouncers and slowers bouncers quite did them in. Also he wants to forget about India high octane batting line up..the best group of hitters cricket has ever seen even without Sehwag...and bill_lawry, Clarke setting up or sitting up does not matter, what matters is when he comes face to face with India.

Posted by Nitold123 on (May 6, 2010, 7:26 GMT)

I agree with bill_lawry and Naveen Krishnaraj. The nature of the pitch and the size of the boundaries might mean that playing too many spinners would be too much of a luxury. Clarke might be setting it up. However, Indian cricketers would be immune to such mind games by now especially with street smart minds like Dhoni and Gambhir in the ranks. Btw, I do not understand one aspect of the grouping for the Super 8s. One group has 3 of the 4 table toppers from the group stage and the other group has only 1 (New Zealand). When I referred to itineraries issued before the tournament the grouping for Super 8s was A1,C1,B2, D2 in one group and B1,D1,A2 ,C2 in the other. I do not understand how West Indies and England have swapped places in the current list.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2010, 6:59 GMT)

Aussies are one of the worsts team against spinners in the world,there will be testing times for Aussies against India & Srilanka(likes of Harbajan,Chawla,Mendis,Randiv)

Posted by   on (May 6, 2010, 6:50 GMT)

Krishnaraj, I understand your concerns, but calm down, all teams use off ground mind games to some extent, (don't forget what Sehwag said in Bangladesh), people shouldn't read into these things too much or even mention them because thats when people get overly psyched up about them. Don't get me wrong, Indian spinners are extremely talented, Harbhajen could become an all-time great but people, shouldn't overanalyse or get too emotional because people talk about the Indian spinners, its dangerous!

Posted by   on (May 6, 2010, 4:58 GMT)

It has proved yet again that the Australians are vulnerable to spin bowling. They'll have a tough time against India tomorrow. If they rely too much on Nannes and Tait to dent India, then that will be the last nail on the coffin. Indian batmen will enjoy clobbering the Aussie quicks. Good luck , mates!!!

Posted by   on (May 6, 2010, 4:34 GMT)

It is evident from Australia's last 2 matches that every player who performed ( say Hussey bro, tait, nanes, warner , watson) played IPL. And still Ponting used to crib about burning out of his players due to IPL. I think was a story of sore grapes.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2010, 3:35 GMT)

As Its Known Aussies Always Speak Much Offield They Are Just Trying To Put Pressure On Indian Spinners By Speaking We Should Not Flatter For It

Posted by bill_lawry on (May 6, 2010, 3:15 GMT)

skeptical bcos clarke isnt THAT SORT OF A CAPTAIN HARPING ON HIS TEAMS' WEAKNESSES before a game, and barbados isnt spin friendly..might be he is just setting it up.

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