IND versus AUS | Ravichandran Ashwin’s big challenge is LBW threat to lefties, says Matt Renshaw
Matt Renshaw felt before the Test series against India that Ravichandran Ashwin’s biggest challenge in spin-friendly conditions would be the LBW threat. Renshaw further added that the batters play Ashwin while anticipating the turn but are deceived by the arm ball, finding themselves LBW.
India are set to host a four-game Test series against Australia from February 9 and the visitors would have their work cut out against a strong team playing in their own backyard. Ravichandran Ashwin has often posed a big threat to teams visiting India in red ball cricket and one would expect him to shine with the ball again. Australia relies heavily on left-handers like David WarnerUsman Khawa, Travis headAlex Carey and Matt Renshaw to anchor their hitter, making the issue a big headache for the Kangaroos.
Ahead of the series, Renshaw said the Indian out-spinner’s clever use of variations would prove to be a challenge for his contingent.
“Ashwin is tough to play against. He’s a smart bowler with a lot of variations and he uses them very well, but you get used to him once you’ve bowled him for a while,” Renshaw told IA. Australian Associated. Press Wednesday.
“I think the big challenge for Ashwin and any off-spinner in left-handed spin conditions is the LBW threat.”
Renshaw was a member of the Australian squad that toured India in 2017 and was once fired by Ashwin after scoring half a century. While out last time out, Renshaw might have to move to No.5 in India if selected in the playing XI, but he remained optimistic about his and the team’s chances.
“We have a strong squad and it’s going to be tough to get my way through, but I know I’ll be ready if I get the chance,” he explained.
“SG ball is a bit different, so we’re just trying to prepare as best we can during this BBL schedule if we get a window to hit red balls.”
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