Ricky Ponting and Kumar Sangakkara on how to play spin bowling


Ricky Ponting and Kumar Sangakkara discuss Australia's failings against spin

England’s theme in the first ODI at the Oval was ‘spin to win’ as Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid bowled them to a three-wicket victory over Australia, taking a combined 5-79.

Statistics confirm Australia struggle against spin – their batsmen averaging 35.61 against slow bowling per wicket since the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, the seventh worst figure in world cricket, as opposed to second-placed England with 55.93.

So how can the tourists improve against spin? We asked two of the best exponents of batting against the turning ball in their day – Ricky Ponting and Kumar Sangakkara.

Watch their insight and analysis by clicking on the video above, which features their views on:

3:01 Catch up with all the action from the first ODI between England and Australia from The Oval

– How Australian players suffer from being brought up on pitches that traditionally bounce between waist and head height, as well as from facing a lack of quality spinners in domestic cricket

– The importance of rotating strike against spin bowling rather than focus solely on hitting boundaries and playing Rashid and Ali off the back foot more frequently

– Why reading a spinner from the hand and identifying what the bowler’s stock delivery is early on is crucial to scoring against slow bowling

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