Glenn McGrath questions Australia’s game plan on playing spin in India | Cricket News

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were the wrecker in boss as they twirled around the Australia hitters in the initial two Tests.
Australia, who have previously surrendered the Border Gavaskar Trophy subsequent to experiencing weighty losses in the Nagpur and Delhi Tests, drew criticism from all quarters with previous players hammering their methodology and shot choice.
The pace bowling legend Glenn McGrath blamed Australia’s course of action to handle spin on Indian pitches, saying the Aussies selected defense methodology in the Initial Test while they became aggresive in the following match.
“I think they haven’t settled on a game plan on how to play spin in India that they are confident with and can execute,” McGrath said.
“In the first Test, they were too defensive, and in the second Test, they were too aggressive. So we will see if they’ve learned from those two matches.
“I think they’re relying too much on Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne at the moment. Travis Head has had a really good year as well. The whole batting line-up has to stand up,” McGrath, told reporters.
“They have to find a happy medium and put a price on their wicket. In India, you have to build an innings on solid defence and then look at ways to score and put the pressure back on the bowlers,” he added.
McGrath further said the absence of pacers Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and all-rounder Cameron Green had affected the team balance but, at the same time, also questioned selection decisions, like the omission of Head for the first Test in Nagpur.
“They haven’t been able to come and clean up the tail. The last three batters have put on 160-plus. They are the ones causing problems. Whether they got the bowling changes right? Maybe Pat Cummins could have come in earlier.
“Little bit of reverse swing try to pick early wickets at the death there. Give credit to Indian players (Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin and Axar Patel). They know how to play on these pitches. They are spin bowlers. They know what opposition is trying to do,” the Aussie pace legend said, giving credit to the way the Indians have played in Nagpur and Delhi.
Looking ahead to the next two Tests, McGrath said, “Australia has a long way to turn things around. If they leave the shores with the scoreline not being 4-0, I think they would have done well.”
He said good words of praise for the Australian women’s team which won the T20 World Cup in South Africa on Sunday and said “they are a quality team and they’ve been a quality team for a long, long time.”
(With PTI Inputs)

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