Australia no better than sitting ducks against spin, says Ravi Shastri

File photo: Ravi Shastri said Australia top order is woefully equipped to play spin © AFP

Hyderabad: Mar 5, 2013

Former India captain Ravi Shastri on Tuesday described the touring Australian batsmen as ‘sitting ducks’, after their humiliating defeat by an innings and 135 runs against India in the second Test match at Hyderabad.

“This could well turn out to be one of the weakest Australian sides to have visited this part of the world. The visitors are in disarray,” Shastri said before the start of the fourth day’s play in the Southern city of India.

”The top order is woefully ill-equipped to play spin. Ugly sweeps and hoicks are taking them nowhere. They can’t bring themselves to leave the crease and, without it, they are no better than sitting ducks,” Shastri wrote in his column in the Times of India.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja produced a mesmerising spell as India crushed a clueless Australia by an innings and 135 runs in less than three and half days to win the second cricket Test and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.
 
Ashwin grabbed five for 63 while Ravindra Jadeja took three for 33 as Australia displayed surprising lack of fighting spirit to be skittled out for a meagre 131 in 67 overs in their second innings.
 
The match lasted only two hours on the fourth day as it was an abject surrender by the Australian batsmen who had no answer to the questions posed by Ashwin and Jadeja on a turning track at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium.

(With inputs from PTI)