Oz bowlers to discover the secret of reverse swing

New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) When the Australian squad reconvenes here on Sunday for the third Test against India, the bowlers will continue their quest to discover the secrets of reverse swing.

They are desperate to catch up following the highly effective tricks of Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma over the past two weeks.

''We've tried a few different things, like bowling across the seam,'' coach Tim Nielsen said.

''We're working on getting one side rougher, and doing it legally, which is the challenge.'' Troy Cooley, the bowling coach in charge of England three years ago, should be able to help and has told the bowlers to hold the ball across the seam, like the Indians do.

''We haven't been able to put the ball in the right place often enough, when it's been swinging or not,'' Nielsen said.

''Sharma and Khan build up big pressure and it's difficult to score. There's more pressure on batsmen for longer periods.'' Stuart Clark's fitness will be tested early next week after he missed the second Test with an elbow injury. He had a cortisone injection before the second match and will be expected to bowl regularly before proving he is ready to return. If he can, he will get his spot back.

''Stuart has played so well for us over the past couple of years,'' Nielsen said.

''Given his elbow comes right, you'd expect him to come back into the team,'' he added.


Story first published: Thursday, October 23, 2008, 15:45 [IST]
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