Geoff Lawson reveals his strategic chat with Andrew McDonald
Pat Cummins and head coach Andrew McDonald in Alur [Source: Twitter]
Former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson has revealed current Australian head coach Andrew McDonald's plans to use pace bowling against India in the soon-to-start Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023.
In his column for The Sydney Morning Herald, the former Pakistan head coach revealed that he had a brief chat with Andrew McDonald, discussing Australia's tactics for beating India in spin-friendly conditions.
Interestingly, Australia has packed their bowling line-up with four spinners, while pacers Pat Cummins, Scott Boland, and Lance Morris are available for selection in the Nagpur Test commencing February 9.
Both Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have been ruled out due to injury, while Cameron Green might only feature as a batter.
Here's what Lawson wrote
"Caught up with Australian coach Andrew McDonald last week … His broad view of Australia’s potential success in the next four Test matches was based around the quality of his fast bowling rather than the temptation to fight spin with spin. The method of 2004 subcontinental success was founded on Australia’s fine seam bowling line-up and India’s fault line against that quality."
Lawson also spoke about bowlers playing with shoes with big spikes on Indian grounds and the need to utilise reverse swing in such conditions.