The Australian Cricket team has struggled post the unceremonious ban on its captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner with the fresh entrant Cameron Bancroft. Its tour in South Africa ended in a disaster for the Kangaroos with its top form batsmen and captain out of the team. The next big tour for the Australian team is scheduled against Pakistan in Dubai. The tour will see Pakistan and Australia going head to head in 2 Tests followed by 3 T20 matches and ending with 3 ODIs. The series is scheduled just after the ongoing Asia Cup in Dubai which Pakistan is participating, which means the Pakistani side will be match ready. Pakistan also will have the advantage of being well acquainted with the conditions in Dubai and the spin friendly tracks would also help them a lot. To counter this the Australian side have decided to rope in two Indian wrist spinners for practice ahead of the series against Pakistan.
The two Indian wrist spinners which Australia has recruited for practice are KK Jiyas and Pardeep Sahu. The duo will be used to prepare the team against the threat of Pakistani leg spinners Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan both of whom are scheduled to play in the Test matches at Dubai. KK Jiyas plays from Kerala while Pardeep Sahu represents Haryana in domestic series, the roping in of both was facilitated by former Indian all rounder Sriram who now works as a bowling consultant for the Australian cricket team. 33 year old Pardeep Sahu has played 13 first class matches for Haryana while the 26 year old Jiyas is yet to make his debut into the Ranji team for Kerala. The induction of these two experienced wrist spinners will help the Australian side prepare well in advance for facing Yasir Shah who had picked up 12 wickets in two Tests the last time he played against Australia.
It is a matter of pride for India that two wrist spinners have been chosen from the country to help the Australian cricket team to improve their game against spin. While the two do not have much international experience and exposure but having played in the subcontinent they will be able to help and guide the Australian side about the nuances needed to excel against spin. The wickets in Dubai are a lot like the wickets found in the Indian subcontinent and it will again help the Australian side in adapting to the conditions in Dubai where the entire tour is scheduled to be held. The leg spinners will also prove to be invaluable in making them read deliveries of the Pakistani bowlers and to prepare them against the dreaded weapons of the leg spinners.
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