Glenn McGrath discusses Australia's chances ahead of India tour

Glenn McGrath of Australia
Glenn McGrath of Australia poses with the 1999 and 2003 World Cup trophies. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)


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Glenn McGrath is perhaps one of the most seasoned pros when it comes to touring India in recent times. While this makes him an invaluable asset, the fact is that the bowlers on their way to India for the upcoming series will be speaking to McGrath before making their way from Dubai to the Indian subcontinent. Speaking about the conditions. McGrath said that there is no bounce nor seam, while the ball goes through to the keeper quite nicely.

“In the sub-continent, you don’t have that bounce, you don’t have that seam, you don’t have that carry,” McGrath was quoted as saying by “Okay, how are we going to take wickets? “The new ball will still carry through quite well, so you’re looking to take wickets caught in the slips, caught behind with the new ball,” advised McGrath.

The 46-year old also stated that it was important not to give theme easy runs on the day. “Give them no easy runs, bring in maybe a short mid-wicket, a short cover and just ring the field up. Work on the ball, the wicket’s going to be abrasive and after a while it will go reverse swing. As soon as that ball starts reverse swinging, it’s a little bit more in favour of the bowler and you can attack a bit more.

“And be prepared to bowl long spells, build pressure and look to take wickets that way. So that’s my mindset in the sub-continent,” revealed McGrath.

“Ninety nine times out of a hundred it’s still hitting the deck, hitting the top of off stump. A lot of people think that must be easy, but it’s a slightly different length on every wicket. There’s not going to be two wickets where it’s just the same length, so you have to adjust to the conditions and that’s where I felt I could adjust quite well,” added McGrath.

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