‘ICC award-winning spinners Narine, Dockrell could spell trouble for Oz in T20 WC’
Sydney: Australia could be troubled by the spin duo of West Indian Sunil Narine, who won the ICC’s emerging player of the year, and Ireland’s George Dockrell the ICC associate cricketer of the year, at the Twenty20 World Cup.
Australia is placed in a group consisting of Ireland and West Indies as the other two teams, and their recent predicaments against quality spin bowling could spell further problems for them in the group stages of the World Cup, according to an article in News.com.au.
Australia meets Ireland on Wednesday in Colombo followed by the West Indies next Saturday and must win at least one of those matches to progress beyond the group stage in the tournament.
Narine has already claimed 28 wickets at an average of 18.82 in 15 one-day matches and bamboozled the Australians during the one-day series in the Caribbean earlier this year, and is tipped to bother them again with his finger spin, the paper said.
Ireland’s under-19 captain, Dockrell played against the Australians in a one-day match last June but they are yet to see the left armer bowl after the match was washed out.
However, at 20 Dockrell is already a veteran of sorts, having played a key role in Ireland’s previous World Twenty20 campaign, taking 3 for 16 against West Indies and pinning down England’s middle-order, the paper reported.