Spinners to prove worth as Australia takes on Canada
Defending Champions Australia are already in the quarterfinals but their spinners have struggled so far in the tournament and they would be keen to prove their worth when they meet Canada in their penultimate group A World Cup match on Wednesday.
Defending Champions Australia are already in the quarterfinals but their spinners have struggled so far in the tournament and they would be keen to prove their worth when they meet Canada in their penultimate group A World Cup match here on Wednesday.
The title-holders have already booked a berth in the knock-out stage with an unconvincing 60-run victory over a spirited Kenya but their bowling, especially spinners have been listless to say the least.
Having taken just four wickets between them in the World Cup so far, the slower bowlers have been far from impressive, and the match against the minnows from North America provides them with the best opportunity to show their mettle and brace up for bigger battles ahead.
The side that played against Kenya is likely to be retained, but skipper Ricky Ponting would desperately want his slower bowlers to make greater impact than what they have so far in the tournament.
Specialist spinners Jason Krejza and Steven Smith have taken just a wicket each in the tournament and Michael Clarke too, hasn't done much of bowling.
While the pace trio of Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson, with 21 wickets at an average of 21.76, have done the bulk of the damage, the spinners' failed to show their worth on helpful sub-continent tracks.
Against Kenya, Krejza and Smith were easily worked around for runs during the middle overs, while Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara played them with ease during their clash that was washed out due to rain.
Ponting has already said that he wants more from his spinners after the match against Kenya.
"I still would have liked to see them making some breakthroughs for us. Through those middle overs in this tournament when the ball gets old, and the wicket starts to spin, we are going to need our spinners to strike for us, and that didn't happen," Ponting said.
"I tried a few different things with the spinners. Bowling Smith early in the Powerplays was just to give him some experience there and see how he would cope with the situation. It's probably the first time he's done that, so that should be good for him.
"Jason tried a couple of different things tonight, bowled the majority around the wicket on a wicket that was spinning, just to get a bit of a feel for the conditions and what he can do in these conditions. There was a bit of experimentation from the spinners," he had said.