Battle against spin no secret: White

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 11:00

Kandy: Australia`s Twenty20 captain Cameron White says it`s no secret how the country`s batsmen perform against spin will go a long way to determining their success levels in Sri Lanka.

White`s charges failed the first major test by an Australian team against Sri Lanka`s unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis in Kandy on Monday, as the 26-year-old secured the incredible figures of 6-16 - the first six-wicket haul in T20 internationals - to deliver his nation an eight-run win.

Mendis` magical display, punctuated by a brilliant piece of inventive fielding off his bowling by vice-captain Angelo Mathews, delivered Sri Lanka a 2-0 series win in the tour-opening T20s.

And while White - not selected in the Australian squad for the five-match one-day series - is heading home, he knows those remaining will have to counter Mendis and Sri Lanka`s other spinners to enjoy better results than he did in the island nation.

"It was pretty obvious that once there was a couple of new batters, it was quite hard work," White said after Monday`s dramatic loss.

"It`s going to be no different during the one-day series. It`ll be hard and tough work for the batsmen against the spinners.

"Everyone knows that, it`s no secret and it`s just going to be about who can come out on top at the end of the series."

And while Mendis and his captain Tillakaratne Dilshan both believe they can continue to bamboozle their Australian opponents, White isn`t so sure Mendis will produce similar displays as the series goes on.

Throughout his international career, Mendis has seen extraordinary early success against teams unfamiliar with him fade as they learn his variations and style.

And White believes the addition of experienced players such as Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey will aid the one-day team`s ability to handle the tweaker.

"A couple of senior players coming back into the side, Michael and Ricky, have seen a lot of Mendis so they`ll have straight from the start a bit more experience there and I think just the more you get to face guys like that, who you haven`t seen as much, it becomes easier," he said.

"He`s a different bowler but, as I said, the more you get to see of guys like that, the easier they become to face.

"Definitely, as Mendis showed tonight, he`s a very good bowler. Clearly, six wickets in a Twenty20 game for under 20 runs is an unbelievable effort."

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 10:53

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