A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: This is the worst Sri Lankan bowling attack ‘that has landed on our shores’, says Rodney Hogg

Hogg believes the Australian batsmen will not even have to break a sweat to expose the weakness of the current Sri Lankan bowling attack

After Australia won their three-Test series against Sri Lanka, former pace bowler Rodney Hogg was not afraid to voice his opinions, as he branded the current Sri Lankan bowling attack as the worst “that has landed on our shores ever”.

While Sri Lanka’s batting lineup may be stocked to the brim with quality batsmen, Hogg noted that their bowling attack, especially the seamers, were extremely poor.

“Sri Lanka have the worst new-ball attack that has landed on our shores ever,” Hogg tweeted.

Following the retirement of former captain Ricky Ponting, many cricket pundits are interested to see how Australia will cope, but Hogg noted that those questions would not be answered throughout the series since the Sri Lankan bowling attack could not be taken as a serious threat.

“I had a look at the stats,” Hogg told Fairfax Media. “No (fast) bowler has got 50 Test wickets.

“[Nuwan] Kulasekara looks like he’d be a good third bowler, and I’ve gone through all their other fast and fast-medium bowlers, and they’re all terrible. It’s got to be pretty close to the worst attack doesn’t it?

“Obviously these blokes have bowled on subcontinent wickets, so I’m being a bit harsh.

“But their stats don’t stack up. We’re trying to sort out what our top order is — well, this attack is not going to sort out our top order.”

Hogg noted that Sri Lanka would continue to struggle in the limited overs series just like they did throughout the Test series.

“If you don’t post big scores and you’ve got (only) spinners then you’re in trouble, aren’t you?” he said.

New Zealand’s director of cricket John Buchanan agreed with Hogg’s views and added: “Their bowling attack has minimal experience in Australia. I see Sri Lanka as vulnerable in Australia, especially if the Sri Lankan top order under-perform as they did against the Black Caps (New Zealand). This will then expose (the) limitations of (the) Sri Lankan bowling attack.”

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