Pacy pitches will bother Indian batsmen: Mark Taylor

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2011, 22:09 PM IST

Sydney: Playing too much cricket on flat wickets could be a disadvantage for Indian batsmen, according to former Australian captain Mark Taylor.

He also believes that batting on bouncier and quicker pitches of Australia can render Indian batsmen lots of difficulty, The Sydney Herald reports.

Australian pace attack is led by the twenty-one year old, James Pattinson. Taylor thinks that the young Australian bowling attack is more than capable to cause India batting stalwarts a tough time.

Indian batting line up has three players touching the wrong end of their thirties. Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman have been in a great form with all three of them performing well during this year.

Each of them is averaging above 50 and only Laxman averages 47 but is the second highest scorer for India against the Oz. But Taylor thinks that one should see the complete picture and these figures don’t say the whole truth always.

“I don`t feel Sachin, Rahul and VVS are getting tested as often as say Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey have in recent times,” says Taylor He further adds, “They`ve been tested on wickets that are more bowler friendly whereas Sachin, Rahul and VVS play a lot of their cricket in India where the wickets are generally flatter, they don`t bounce as much and don`t move off the seam”.

Taylor also expressed his happiness over the selection of opening batsman, Ed Cowan and feels he truly deserves to be in the team. Ricky Ponting’s struggle to find form isn’t bothering Taylor either and he is hopeful that the former Oz captain would be back in form soon. “It`s not that you can`t do it anymore, you just need a moment when a lucky break goes your way and Ricky`s probably that close,” Taylor said.

ANI