Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

The Spin Cycle - Is It Hung out to Dry?

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

The Spin Cycle - Is It Hung out to Dry?

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SINCE the retirement of Australia's greatest spinner Shane Warne the Australian cricket team has been devoid of a quality Test spin bowler.

Eleven spinners have been tried by Cricket Australia in the five years following the retirement of Warne at the end of the 2006-07 Ashes Series, a series in which Australia decimated England sending them home with nothing but red faces and a 5-0 series defeat.

Some of these bowlers included the experienced Brad Hogg, Stuart MacGill and Cameron White who all averaged 60 or above each wicket since Warne's retirement, a mediocre return considering Warne's average was 25.41 in a career that spanned 145 Tests.

It is not just experience the selectors have opted for. Young spinners such as Beau Casson, Nathan Hauritz, Steve Smith and Xavier Doherty have all been given their chance.

Only Hauritz, who played 16 matches with a respectable average of 36, has been given a real opportunity since.

Statistics show that the other three up-and-comers were not given more than five games to prove their worth. Which begs the question, why weren't they given more of a chance to prove themselves?

Shane Warne's Test debut was memorable for all the wrong reasons with Warney being dispatched to all parts of the ground by the Indian batsmen. He ended with figures 1-150 of 45 overs.

If Warne had made his debut in the past five years, Australia would never have discovered the greatest leg spinner to ever grace the game.

Let's not forget Jason Krejza whose debut against the same opposition (India) in 2008 yielded 12 wickets. Incredibly he only played one more Test after that where he had the meagre return of just one scalp before he became just another victim of the spin cycle. Other names such as Michael Beer and Bryce McGain, themselves victims of the cycle, are now just fading memories banished to the doldrums of domestic cricket. …

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