Border says Australia's budding leg spinners should try emulating Kumble not Warne
Former captain Allan Border has advised Australia's budding leg spinners to strive to bowl like Indian great Anil Kumble rather than blatantly trying to copy Oz legend Shane Warne.
Border has noted the Warne method of taking eight or nine steps before a gentle three pace run-up and a power-packed delivery stride may have worked for the master but for the thousands who tried to mimic him life is a different story.
"Warnie was a freak. He had these big fingers, a strong wrist and shoulder and he could do it all off a few paces with a shuffle to the wicket. But I am wondering whether that is the right way for a lot of the bowlers who have tried to copy him," News.com.au quoted Border, as saying.
"I see young teenagers try and bowl like Warnie and its very difficult for them because they don't have that momentum at the crease. Most of them end up just being too slow through the air," he added.
"You need to bowl reasonably quickly through the air as a leggie. I know everyone wants to bowl like Warnie but what if you are six-foot-three tall? Shouldn't you try looking at someone like (India's) Anil Kumble who hustles to the crease and can bowl at almost medium pace," he said.
Border added: "I reckon it might be time to try something new. I would not be surprised if, instead of having the Warnie shuffle, or next Test leg-spinner has a different style like a Kumble or someone who runs in quicker."
Australia's slow bowling stocks are so low that no wrist spinner has taken more than five wickets in this Sheffield Shield season.