Geoff Lawson says Australia batting line-up still not strong enough

Geoff Lawson said he is happy with the progress of Australian pace bowlers AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Jan 30, 2012

Former cricketer Geoff Lawson on Monday opined that Australia s batting strength still looks bleak when compared with their sides of the 1990s.

“The depth in the batting is not quite as strong as perhaps it was in the 1990s when guys like Bevan and Martyn and these sort of players couldn t get into the team. Hopefully there will be a few young guys come along. Seems to be the bowling is in a much better situation than the batting at the moment,” Lawson said.

“We ve introduced a few new young players and they haven t quite been as consistent but, they have looked promising. Warner can be brilliant, but he needs to be more consistent. Cowan looks steady. Marsh of course, who in August-September was the new young star – at the moment he can t get a run! The other guys, who were almost dropped, have come back into form,” Lawson was quoted as saying by Pakpassion.net.

Lawson, who also worked as Pakistan s coach for a long time, is happy with the progress of new Australian pace bowlers.

“They ve been excellent and we have sort of gone from the feeling that we need to discover people left, right and centre, and the disappointment of last year s Ashes to finally have 5 or 6 guys who are pretty good. So it s very promising for Australia. They ve all bowled well, particularly this summer in Australia. The bowlers have been a consistent group and they ve been responsible for the victories,” he said.

“You need to give the bowlers the credit as they are the ones who have stopped these guys making big scores. Perspective wise, the bowlers have done a great job, and I think everyone knows Australia can get better that s the good thing,” he said.

The former cricketer is surprised to see India s poor show in overseas tours of Australia and England.

“With India, it s hard to draw a firm line through them because really since they won the World Cup, almost from that week onwards they ve gone downhill,” he said.

“India should have been much better. That batting line-up theoretically is the best batting line-up in world cricket. But they ve lost comprehensively to England, and they just don t seem to be able to play well away from home, so it s hard to tell,” he added.