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Cooley impressed by Indian seam attack

cricket Updated: Jan 22, 2008 11:27 IST

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Indian seamers have found a new admirer in none other than Australia's renowned fast bowling mentor Troy Cooley, who said the visitors exploited the WACA conditions in Perth really well.

"They kept a good seam position throughout the Test match, which was good. We probably tend to hit the deck a bit harder, but they really bowled well in the conditions," he said.

Cooley, who was England's bowling coach for the 2005 Ashes, said Adelaide pitch was predicted to be spin-friendly but reverse swing would be possible there.

"Here (in Adelaide) it does swing a bit. Shaun Tait does it and you can get a bit of reverse as well. But it's more of a bang, hit the wicket (pitch) here," he was quoted as saying by 'The Age'.

He also urged the Australians to be patient with paceman Shaun Tait, who flopped at WACA after tall claims, and give him some time.

"He is young, and he's cutting his way at the moment. We have seen how damaging he can be when everything fires," Cooley said.

"You don't throw away 150, 160 kmh bowlers, you hang in there. Give him some time and he will work it out. He's a good bowler and a good lad."

Tait bowled 21 wicketless overs with the Australians under pressure to lift their over rate at WACA, but Cooley said Tait was not discouraged by his performance.

"He hasn't lost heart. He is a champion and he will find a way to get back in the middle and produce the spells we know he can produce."