Sport Australia tough tour yet again for spinner

23:41  08 december  2017
23:41  08 december  2017 Source:   MSN

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R Ashwin, who took nine wickets at 62.77 on the last tour to Australia in 2011-12, isn't the only overseas spinner who has struggled in Australia Australia is about 23% worse than New Zealand, which says a bit about how much tougher it is for them in Australia compared to other countries.

Moeen, who suffered a side strain at the start of the tour and remains bothered by a blister on his spinning finger, won't bowl while captaining England.© Getty Image Moeen, who suffered a side strain at the start of the tour and remains bothered by a blister on his spinning finger, won't bowl while captaining England.

A tiny cut is fast becoming a big worry for England, with Moeen Ali unable to find any bowling rhythm in a country unforgiving for finger spinners at the best of times.

Moeen, who suffered a side strain at the start of the tour and remains bothered by a blister on his spinning finger, won't bowl while captaining England in this weekend's tour game at Perth's Richardson Park.

The allrounder was talked up as one of their most potent threats after a productive home summer but has taken two wickets at 98 in the Test series.

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If Moeen is unable to bowl tighter spells in the third Ashes Test starting at the WACA on Thursday it will go a long way to Australia reclaiming the urn.

Offspinners have generally found Australia a terribly unproductive place to tour. Ravichandran Ashwin struggled during India's most recent visit, while Graeme Swann famously retired mid-series four years ago.

The most notable exception in the past 50 years was Geoff Miller, England's leading wicket-taking in their Ashes success of 1978-79 against an Australian side severely weakened by the launch of World Series Cricket.

John Davison, Nathan Lyon's mentor who is coaching the Cricket Australia XI this weekend, isn't surprised by Moeen's muddled form.

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"Finger spinners in general struggle in Australian conditions. It's a really tough place to bowl," Davison said.

"Having that finger injury has made it pretty difficult for him.

"He's just missed his lengths a bit."

The limited amount of turn on offer in Australia is partly to blame for the trend but the aggression of local batsmen is also key.

Australia have made no secret of their ploy to hit Moeen out of the attack, wanting Joe Root to overwork his pacemen.

"When Australian batsmen see the opportunity to go after a spinner, they'll really target that," Davison said.

"It's something that Darren Lehmann definitely encourages our batsmen to do."

Moeen is upbeat his wounded finger will be close to 100 per cent come the third Test.

"I ripped it in the first game and it's not been easy ... I need a bit more time for healing," he said.

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