Former Australian captain Ian Chappell said playing spin was a state of mind and insisted he did not agree with former opener Justin Langer's recent explanation of batsmen from Down Under play slower bowlers on dusty sub-continental pitches.
Langer had compared the art of playing spin bowling to eating chillies. A former Australian opener, with 23 Test hundreds to his credit, Langer said eating chillies burns Aussie mouths and that is what happens when they play spin.
However, Chappell, now an outspoken commentator and writer, said the analogy was improper as he himself had started playing spin before acquiring a taste for spicy food. Chappell said the problem with modern Australian batsmen is that their coaches never bothered to correct wrong footwork and techniques.