A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Dean Brownlie hoping to improve batting attributes by training in India

Brownlie is looking forward to mastering the challenges posed by spin-friendly pitches

New Zealand batsman Dean Brownlie has revealed that he will travel to India in October in order to improve his batting technique in spin-friendly conditions.

Brownlie, who was dropped from the national team after a dismal series against the West Indies, stated that he had been thinking of travelling to India to work on his batting for a couple of years.

Speaking exclusively to Fairfax NZ News, Brownlie said: “I’ve wanted this for quite a while, 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 begin his training at a Mumbai academy for five days before heading to Pune to play in a couple of local matches.

During his disappointing series against the West Indies, Brownlie was dismissed five times in the nine innings he played by spinners, and could only muster up a high score of 35.

Brownlie noted that his mentality during games needed to be worked on as well.

“It’s not so much about making big changes, 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,” Brownlie said.

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