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No bowlers, India caught in the nets

india Updated: Jan 20, 2012 23:56 IST
Rohit Bhaskar
Rohit Bhaskar
Hindustan Times
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India won't practice on Saturday. But this time it isn't because of an excursion to the nearest go-karting track or some timeout. The team wanted to practice but the absence of quality nets bowlers forced the team management to reschedule the training session.

India were to enjoy a day off on Friday and practice from Saturday, however, they were forced to change their plans after it emerged that the best young nets bowlers in the state would be busy playing an important round of grade cricket on Saturday, and they instead held the practice session on Friday.

"Tomorrow there is some tournament going on so the good bowlers are not available. We said, 'ok we'll have a net session today'," said media manager GS Walia.

For once, you can't blame the team of not showing the urge to practice.

Back to the roots for Lyon
Last year this time, Nathan Lyon was busy preparing the pitch for the Ashes match against England at the Adelaide Oval. The man he was assisting, curator Damian Hough, feels that while Australian cricket may have unearthed a solid performer, he probably lost one of his best workers.

When asked about Lyon's rapid ascent from curating to the Baggy Green, Hough said, "I was the guy who picked him. He was a good off-spinner, but from what I'd heard from the ground staff at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, and my interaction with him, he was also a good turfie."

He added that the pitch would assist the 24-year-old off-spinner and will take turn as the game progresses.

"Traditionally, Adelaide Oval is a good batting pitch. Hopefully, there should be a little bit in it on Day One for the quicks, and then something for the spinners on Days Four and Five. Adelaide Oval will always produce spin later on and normally there'll be a little bit of inconsistent bounce on Days Four and Five, so I wouldn't expect anything else."