Australia's Gabba ODI capitulation down to less emphasis on 'art of playing swing bowling'
Australia's humiliating batting capitulation in the third one-day against Sri Lanka in Brisbane on Friday could be ascribed to modern day batsmen's lack of attention on playing the dying art of swing bowling, according to cricket writer, Robert Craddock.
Australia was bowled out for just 74 runs at Gabba with no recognized batsman even managing double figure scores with swing bowler Nuwan Kulasekara claiming five-wickets.
"No one saw this coming. Not Australia. Not Sri Lanka. Not the ground staff. Not the statisticians. Not even the man himself. Kulasekara has been playing 50-over cricket for 10 years - and Test cricket for seven and had never taken five wickets in an innings in either form of the game," Craddock wrote in his column for News.com.au.
"But yesterday (Friday), with perfect seam position, he conjured up 5-22 off 10 overs during which his in swinger darted so menacingly late it looked like it was remote-controlled," he added.
"The art of swing bowling has been underrated in Australia. Players have lost the art of bowling it and playing it. Classical footwork is not what it was. Batsmen now are more concerned about clearing their front leg so they can slog. They commit early and are prone to being exposed by late swing," he further wrote.
Craddock added: "It takes courage and poise to be a swing bowler. Few are brave and skilled enough to pull it off, but it can be among the most destructive weapons in the game."
"The deliveries that bowled Michael Clarke and Moises Henriques began about a metre outside off stump and reached halfway down the pitch when they started to curl - after the batsmen had committed to strokes," he concluded.