Australia's Test bowling coach Craig McDermott is concerned about the inability of the fast bowlers to extract swing with the two new balls in the sub-continent, as seen during the on-going ODI series between Australia and India. Bowlers of both sides suffered at the hands of the belligerent batsmen in the second ODI in Jaipur on Wednesday (October 16, 2013) as a total of 721 runs were scored at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. The visitors bore the brunt, failing to defend 359 as India's young brigade Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli romped home with 39 balls to spare.
"It is a real concern because that is the only chance pacers have on flat surfaces, when the ball is new. It would be interesting to see how bowlers from both side respond to the challenge in the remaining games," McDermott told TOI in an interview on Friday.
McDermott, on Thursday, was rehired by Cricket Australia to work with fast bowlers ahead of the Ashes series against England, starting November 21 with the first Test. After a successful stint with Michael Clarke and his team for 12 months, he unexpectedly quit last May, saying the touring commitments were having a big impact on his family. (Read more)