Ex-Clarke mentor urges Oz batters to `overcome basic flaws` to succeed
Sydney: The Indian-origin former personal coach of Australian captain Michael Clarke has said that the current Australian Test batsmen need to overcome some basic flaws in their techniques in order to achieve more consistency.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Clarke`s former mentor Neil D`Costa, one of Australia`s most successful coaches, shared his thoughts on how Australia`s struggling batsmen could achieve more consistency.
Stating that there were `non-negotiable basics` in the techniques of batsmen who scored more than 5000 Test runs, D`Costa said that Australian batting coaches needed to focus on biomechanical approach and technical fundamentals like grip, stance, kinetic flow, balance, shot entry and exit points.
According to D`Costa, without making adjustments, individual flaws of the batsmen are going to be picked apart repeatedly by opponents in future series, despite their talent.
Analyzing the batting techniques of a number of Australia`s batsmen, D`Costa said that Clarke had the fundamentals right but was restricted by back pain, while David Warner should lower his shoulder facing the bowler when the ball is released so that he can enter his shots with the correct weight shift and be safe from being LBW out.
On all-rounder Shane Watson, D`Costa said that Watson has a similar shoulder angle and alignment problem like Warner and shifts his weight back when he sets up, adding that he has lately been over-compensating by reaching with his bat and shifting his back hip around faster, which leads to edges.
According to D`Costa, until Usman Khawaja keeps his head still and stops tracking the ball by dropping his head like he did in the second innings of the fourth Test, he will keep on going out, adding that Steve Smith stood too straight, does not engage his quadriceps or use enough wrist, for which he will keep on struggling on wickets with variable bounce or swing.
D`Costa further said that wicketkeeper Brad Haddin cannot recalibrate his judgement if he moves his head around, both while batting and keeping, adding that Indian captain MS Dhoni lets go off less balls than any other keeper because he keeps his head still and drops his eyes when the ball comes into his gloves.