Australia needs bowling consistency to claim Ashes

Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar feels Australia needs a good fast bowler and a leg-spinner if Ricky Ponting’s men were to regain the Ashes later this year.

The former India captain said Australia have to bring about consistency in their bowling attack when they take on England in the five-match Test series.

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“They have got to get the attack right. If Peter Siddle is fit then he brings something to the team. I got the impression in the two Tests we just saw that Mitchell Johnson was just too inconsistent but he just got the wickets. They will need consistency in the team,” Gavaskar said.

“I think maybe a leg spinner in the team would make a difference to the team. I thought a leg spinner in the Australian team would have made a huge difference in Bangalore,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

Gavaskar was also delighted to be an honouree by the Bradman Foundation at the SCG along with another Australian Adam Gilchrist.

“I grew up hearing about cricketing exploits of Sir Donald and to be honoured by Bradman Museum is huge,” an emotional Gavaskar said.

Gilchrist said, “Anyone in any cricketing nation can relate to the name Bradman so to be honoured by a foundation that is in his honour is something I cherish very dearly”

Gilchrist also believes bowling will decide the Ashes and agreed with the observation of Gavaskar.

“They have a much more settled group but I agree with Sunny, I think it is going to come down to the bowling.

“Whichever team keeps its bowling unit on the field for the longest - fit, healthy and tearing in, will be the team that comes out on top. Our guys have a few injury concerns but I think they are going to be right for the first Test. If we have our first-choice unit on the field we will be very hard to beat,” he said.

The face of the game has changed a lot along with the format but Gavaskar was quite enthusiastic about the Twenty20 format.

“I’m really excited by the T20 format because it has generated interest in quarters in India where there wasn’t that much interest in cricket.

“Women, for instance. Some elderly ladies simply weren’t interested in the game. Now with T20 they are starting to watch it and then moving to Test cricket,” he said.