India vs Australia: Loss of Ravichandran Ashwin will affect visitors' team balance for Perth Test, says Michael Hussey

Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey believes the loss of star off-spinner R Ashwin to injury could unsettle India and may prove to be a big blow to the visitors' hopes of securing victory in the second Test here.

Press Trust of India, Dec 14, 2018 22:03:14 IST

Perth: Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey believes the loss of star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to injury could unsettle India and may prove to be a big blow to the visitors' hopes of securing victory in the second Test at Perth.

India vs Australia: Loss of Ravichandran Ashwin will affect visitors team balance for Perth Test, says Michael Hussey

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Ashwin, who took six wickets in the first Test at Adelaide Oval, was ruled out of the second Test due to a left abdominal strain.

"It'll definitely throw the team balance out quite a lot I would have thought," Hussey, who played 79 Tests for Australia during his career, was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.

"You could tell quite clearly in Adelaide they liked to use the spinner — much like Australia really — to bowl a lot of overs from one end and then rotate the faster men from the other end."

Ashwin had returned figures of 6 for 149 from 86.5 overs in India's 31-run win over Australia in Adelaide.

In Ashwin's absence, India went for a four-pronged pace attack in the second Test — only for the third time in their Test history.

After the opening day of the second Test, Australia were 277 for six with Time Paine and Pat Cummins at the crease.

Updated Date: Dec 14, 2018 22:03:14 IST






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