Former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson has blamed captain Pat Cummins’ lack of knowledge of spinning tracks and assistant coach Daniel Vettori’s inadequate inputs for the team’s woeful performance in India.
India have won the first two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy inside three days, with the spin-bowling duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja doing the maximum damage.
Australia lost the opening Test in Nagpur by an innings and 132 runs, while the second match in New Delhi saw the tourists faring a little better but the outcome was the same — a six-wicket win for India.
Lawson, one of the most feared Australian pace bowlers in Tests and ODIs in the 1980s, added that Cummins has played so little Sheffield Shield cricket and that has also contributed to his lack of strategising on turning tracks.
“ Cummo (Cummins) has so little experience captaining on spinning wickets, in the contemporary game your captain plays very little Sheffield Shield, and he certainly doesn’t play on spinning wickets,” Lawson said on SEN Radio.
“So where does he learn to do all the creative and adaptable things you need to do? He doesn’t, he just gets thrown in the deep end and we watch a lot of videos and make decisions.”
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy successfully retained, India play the third Test in Indore from March 1.