India a better side against Aussies now, says Pak coach

Lahore, Nov 25 : Pakistan cricket coach Intikhab Alam has said that India were a better side against Australia, and that it was because India uses the same SG balls in domestic cricket and against touring sides.

Acknowledging India's splendid success in recent months, including a 2-0 series win at home against Australia, he said that Indian bowlers had mastered the art of using the SG ball effectively in domestic and first-class cricket.

"India have done really well in recent months and they were the better side against Australia. I think one of the reasons for their success is the balls they use in domestic cricket and against touring sides," the Daily Times quoted him as saying.

He added: "The Indian players are well-versed with the SG cricket balls and know how to use them well. Compared to the Kookaburra, the SG has a more prominent seam that does not die down after a few overs and is a big help for the spinners and fast bowlers alike. It allows them to take a strong grip and use it effectively."

India's forthcoming tour to Pakistan, from January 4 to February 19, includes three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 international.

Story first published: Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 12:01 [IST]
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