Aakash Chopra links Mark Waugh’s spin concerns in BBL to the Sydney Test
Waugh is embarrassed with the way Aussie batsmen have dealt with spin.
Updated - Jan 4, 2019 7:07 am
Australia are witnessing one of their worst batting performances in a long time. Australia have succeeded in crossing the 300-run mark only once in six innings played so far against India in the ongoing Test series and none of their batsmen have managed to score a hundred, as against India’s four. A number of former Australian cricketers have criticised their team’s performance with the bat in the Test series and now questions have been raised over the standard of batting in Australia’s domestic T20 tournament Big Bash League (BBL) as well.
Former Aussie batsman Mark Waugh criticised the standard of batting which is being witnessed in the ongoing season of the BBL, especially against spin. In a tweet, Waugh, who is commentating both for India’s tour of Australia and the BBL which started in December, said it was “pretty embarrassing” to watch how batters were negotiating spin bowling in the BBL.
Since the current Test is playing in Sydney which is a spin-friendly wicket with the visitors playing two spinners, Waugh’s “dreadful” observation could be a reality in the fourth Test match as well.
Batting against spin embarrassing in BBL
Waugh wrote, “Pretty embarrassing watching the standard of batting against spin in the BBL this season. #dreadful”
Pretty embarrassing watching the standard of batting against spin in the BBL this season.#dreadful
— Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) January 3, 2019
Former India Test opener Aakash Chopra, who was a part of the Indian squad that returned undefeated from Australia in 2003-04, picked just that point. In a tweet in response to the former Australian great, Chopra said he hoped that the latter did not have the utter the same thing after the Test in Sydney gets over.
He used Kuldeep Yadav’s name as a hashtag in his tweet as the Chinaman got to play his first Test in this tour. Ravindra Jadeja, who bowled decently in Melbourne taking five wickets, is the other spinner that India have played at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 3, 2019
India won the toss in the final Test and elected to bat. Propelled by Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten 130 and opener Mayank Agarwal’s 77, the visitors reached 303 for 4 at stumps on Day 1.