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Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey believes that spinners will struggle to have a major impact during the 2015 World Cup in the Land Down Under and New Zealand.
This is because the pitches in both countries are flat and renowned for being pace-friendly. But, it also comes down to the rule of three fielders only being allowed outside the 30-yard circle during the batting powerplay. This essentially makes it easier for batsmen to target spinners since they can take the aerial approach with very little risk of being caught on the boundary.
However, Hussey did go on to say that mystery spinners like Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal and the West Indies’ Sunil Narine may taste some success since batsmen become a lot more cautious when facing them.
“We have got very flat one-day pitches here in Australia and certainly New Zealand,” Hussey was quoted as saying by The Age. “New Zealand grounds are very small, with the field restrictions these days you can only have four players outside the circle. With batting power plays plus much bigger bats it makes one-day in cricket for spin bowlers in this country and New Zealand extremely difficult.
“Other than Ajmal and Sunil Narine, who are mystery spinners, I am fearful that spin won’t play much of a part in the upcoming World Cup.”
Hussey also feels that Australia will opt for all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and captain Michael Clarke to bowl a few overs instead of including a specialist spinner in the squad. But, what Hussey is forgetting is the fact that Australia have many other spin options, including opening batsman David Warner and all-rounder Steven Smith, who both bowl leg-spin.
The 39-year-old, who is also known as ‘Mr Cricket’, pointed out that many bowlers who have suspicious bowling actions are being allowed to carry on bowling without the International Cricket Council (ICC) taking any action.
However, the global cricketing body has already cracked down on numerous bowlers with suspicious actions. New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson and Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake were both recently banned from bowling, while Ajmal, Zimbabwe off-spinner Prosper Utseya and Bangladesh off-spinner Sohag Gazi have still yet to get their actions tested.
“Players seem to be able to beat the system a little bit too easily at the moment and I think it’s something that needs to be looked at,” he said. “More people seem to be getting called around the world. But ideally where I would like to get to is that you’ve got a measuring device in-game rather than sending someone off to a laboratory. It would be great to measure it properly.”