Tackling spin in India not a concern on flat decks – Clarke

“It is a combination of quality of spinners and the pitches,” Clarke said. “Those days you faced very high quality spinners in Harbhajan and Anil Kumble. In Test cricket, it became tougher. Ashwin and Jadeja too have done that in Tests. These days and on these kind of pitches, Australian batsmen shouldn’t have much of a problem. If Australia can win the first game, they will be in with a real shot.”

Australia’s problems playing spin in Bangladesh just a week back has left the apprehension that Steve Smith and Co. might stumble on this familiar failing in the upcoming ODIs in India, beginning in Chennai this Sunday. However, the trend of flat One-day International pitches offers some hope for the largely spin-vulnerable Aussie line-up.

Indian Board Presidents XI vs Australia, One-day practice match –Australia won by 103 runs

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke suggested this almost-unwritten-rule of flat decks would even out some of Australia’s shortcomings. “Conditions in Test matches and ODIs are a lot different. You get flat pitches to bat on in ODIs and T20s. 95 per cent of the pitches around the world are similar in ODIs,” Clarke told TOI on Tuesday(September 12). “You don’t have to worry about dealing with spinners on Day 3, 4 and 5.”

“People like Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner will need to have a good series. The top four needs to fire,” Clarke said.

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