Australians Worried About Cardiff Spin

Well, Ricky Ponting says he isn’t, but he’s worried enough to look up the stats about spin victims at Cardiff. From Cricinfo:

“There was even talk a month ago about the Test not going ahead there because of problems with the pitch. But we had a closer look at some stats last week and found that something like only 14 of the 69 wickets taken there is the last three county matches have been taken with spin.”

Australia’s only specialist spinner in the touring party, Nathan Hauritz, struggled against Sussex and finished with match figures of 1 for 158. The selectors will consider a four-man pace attack if the Cardiff pitch looks suitable, although Ponting believes Sophia Gardens was in part selected to open the series because of Australia’s lack of a top-class Test spinner.

Hot and dry, a perfect season for some turn. Go, Swann, go!

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