Warne advises Australian spinners to stick to basics rather than gimmicks

Updated: Oct 24, 2012, 12:09 PM IST

Sydney: Legendary Australian leg spinner, Shane Warne, has advised Oz spinners to avoid trying to emulate unconventional spin bowlers like Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal and West Indies’ Sunil Narine, and instead stick to basics.

The emergence of mystery spinners such as Ajmal, Narine and Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis has ignited debate about coaching methods, after spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan said Australian spinners had the creativity beaten out of them by perfectionist coaches early in their careers.

But Warne takes a different view, cautioning against teaching young spinners to push the boundaries of legal actions, and believes Lyon will be best served with his stock ball.

"Graeme Swann does OK, he bowls an off-break and a straight one. So I think Nathan Lyon has done very well, too, and if he can just concentrate on his off-break and the straight one, I`m sure he will be fine," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Warne, as saying.

“Don`t try too much stuff, just bowl well, and over a period of time you`ll have better games than not. We`re traditional [in Australia]. If someone comes along who is unique you`ll embrace it and encourage it but you`re not going to go and teach doosras and all those sorts of things,” he added.