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South Africa vs India 2013-14: Joe Dawes’ press conference

 

India’s bowling coach Joe Dawes backed the team’s decision to play Ravindra Jadeja ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin. The Australian explained that Jadeja would be handy in these conditions.

 

Dawes said that it was a team decision and also expected India”s frontline pacers to get reverse swing as the match progresses.

 

In a PTI, report , Dawes expressed his displeasure over some of the flak that the Indian bowlers have been used to, he said

 

“Yes, it was a disappointing that we couldn’t bowl them out on a pitch that was doing something. However, it was a matter of just one partnership that saved the match for them.  It happens, that’s cricket for you,” Dawes said after the opening day’s play of the second Test today.

 

“But sometimes the Indian bowlers get unwarranted criticism. So far we are yet to lose a Test this year, and we have won every ODI series except the one here in South Africa.  They bowled well in the Champions Trophy and sometimes not so well in the sub-continent. At such times, criticism is merited. However, it gets over the top at most times,” he added, defending his players.

 

India were in total control of the series-deciding second cricket Test against South Africa before bad light brought a premature end to the opening day’s play and Dawes expectedly couldn’t hide his disappointment.

 

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