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

NEW DELHI: Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were the wrecker in chief as they spun a web around the Australia batters in the first two Tests.
Australia, who have already conceded the Border-Gavaskar trophy after suffering heavy defeats in the Nagpur and Delhi Tests, drew criticism from all quarters with former players slamming their approach and shot selection.
The fast bowling legend Glenn McGrath questioned Australia’s game plan to tackle spin on Indian pitches, saying the visitors opted defensive approach in the first Test while they became aggressive in the next 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,” the 53-year-old 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.
McGrath also said the Australian team is relying too much on Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschange and there is a need for the whole batting line-up to stand up.
“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, who is director of coaching at MRF Pace Foundation, 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 had 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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