Mahela Jayawardene © Getty Images
Mahela Jayawardene © Getty Images

Sri Lanka legend predicts good pitches for World Twenty20 and says too much focus on the turning ball could prove essential. Focusing solely on spin could spell disaster for Australia at the World T20 according to Sri Lanka legend Mahela Jayawardena. While national selector Trevor Hohns has indicated Australia would need a “couple of spinners” for the World T20 in India in March, Jayawardena says the high standard of pitches in the subcontinent could be neglected the supposed threat of spin bowling. “A lot of people do emphasise on spin but if you get good wickets it’s not that bad,” Jayawardena said after scoring 57 in the Adelaide Strikers’ 36-run win over Perth Scorchers. ALSO READ: Sri Lanka to blacklist Enrique Iglesias concert organisers

“The quick bowlers also have a lot of good variations going into the subcontinent conditions so you need to handle all that overall, not just put an emphasis on spin. If you get a good ball you play it the way it is and if you get a bad ball you take it on. The quicks will have a lot of variations so you will need to adapt your game plan and assess the conditions – that’s quite important. And you get smaller grounds as well, so it’s about keeping your shape and playing your shots,” as reported on cricket.co.au. While that might come as good news to Australia’s selectors, they will be unable to pick three of their frontline fast bowlers for the biannual competition.

Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile are unavailable as result of injury, putting strain on the deep yet inexperienced pool of pacemen. This could mean, against Jayawardena’s warning, Australia could rely on spin as Hohns has stated. Two spinners will likely be included in the sqaud, along with off-spinning allrounder Glenn Maxwell. With Boyce an almost certainty, it leaves just one spot remaining for a number of candidates, including Test spinner Nathan Lyon, who has made it known his desire to represent Australia in all three formats. ALSO READ: Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene apologise for Enrique Iglesias concert chaos

Adam Zampa, Jon Holland, Xavier Doherty and veteran Brad Hogg are also in the mix, but Jayawardena says it’s difficult to rate Australia’s spin stocks on wickets that will show no resemblance to those faced in India. “The conditions are going to be quite different so it’s quite hard to judge the way you play spin here and how you’re going to play it in the subcontinent,” he said.”Once you go out there you need to be fearless and play good cricket shots and back yourself to do that. “Obviously in a World Cup you will get good wickets, you won’t get really bad wickets, you’ll get good wickets so you just have to be patient and control situations.”