Controlling swing ball in humid Lankan conditions ‘major focus’: Shane Watson

Watson said Oz seamers would have to control the swinging ball in hot and humid conditions.

Written by Agencies | Sydney | Published: September 18, 2012 4:19 pm

Australia all rounder Shane Watson has claimed their fast bowlers’ major focus at the T20 World Cup would be to control the swinging ball in Sri Lanka’s humid conditions,as they prepare for Wednesday’s opening Group B encounter against minnows Ireland.

Watson said team’s fast bowlers would have to control the swinging ball in the hot and humid conditions,and ensure they don’t concede too may extras in wide balls.

The Irish were briefly ranked above Australia last week,before Australia clinched the dead-rubber third match of their series against Pakistan in Dubai on September 10.

Australia beat New Zealand by 56 runs in a warm-up game last weekend and followed that up with a narrow loss to No.1-ranked England on Monday,scoring 6-163 in reply to the defending champions’ 6-172.

Australia’s in-form left-arm quick Mitchell Starc grabbed 2-32 but was the main offender in terms of accuracy with eight wide balls.

“In this humidity the new ball is going to swing and we have got guys who can swing the ball,Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. So we have to make sure we can control it because we can’t afford to have that many extras,” News.com.au quoted Watson,as saying.

“In the end that was one the telling factors and the reason why they got 172 and it lets the batsmen off,” he added.

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