Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The hype surrounding Bollinger and Australia's bowling attack
I see that on cricinfo, Manjrekar, Donald and Ian Chappell have said that Australia have the best attack and have praised Bollinger to the skies. Anyone surely must think that Bollinger is a world class swing bowler. So, do Australia have the best attack and how good is Doug the Rug?
Just let us have a look at Doug Bollinger
Actually, I do rate Bollinger as he is a honest trier, but I must have seen someone else bowl as experts like Manjrekar, Ian Chappell and Donald on cricinfo are saying that he bowls a fuller length and as a result is effective. Hmm! I saw him bowl both in NZ and in England and every-time I saw him bowl, he tended to bowl short of a length with the odd delivery fuller to get the edge. In-fact, he was defensive, as he tended to bowl outside the off stump and the Kiwi batsmen obliged him by chasing it. Yes, he averages a shade under 25, but most of his wickets have come against Kiwis, Pakistan and WI at home. He looked out of his depth in England as he bowled short. So, how could the experts at cricinfo rate a bowler highly, though he hasn't yet played test cricket in tough conditions like India and struggled a bit in England?
The rest of the Australian attack is decent, but opposition batsmen won't lose sleep over it. Johnson is erratic and is effective mainly at home, Siddle is another honest trier, but tends to bowl a touch short, Hilfy has a very good outswinger, though I haven't seen him bowl the inswinger and the spinner Hauritz is steady. To say that they have the best attack just doesn't look right as Australia have struggled in places like India and England. Both Pakistan and South Africa have a better bowling attack. I also feel that England are slightly better than Australia.
Actually, the Ashes series as well as the series in India would be interesting to watch. I do expect India to make lots of runs against Australia at home. In Australia, the Aussie bowlers would have the home advantage and I have always maintained that if England lose the Ashes, it would be because of the batsmen's inability to handle the bounce in Australia.