Australia calls spin clone to prep bats
AUSTRALIA has enlisted the help of a little-known Indian spinner to try to combat the threat of Kuldeep Yadav in the series-opening one-day international clash in Chennai.
The visitors have turned to KK Jiyas, 25, a left-arm wrist spinner contracted to IPL side Delhi Daredevils in 2015 but who never played a match. On the advice of team consultant Sridharan Sriram, the Australians have been facing Jiyas in the nets in the lead-up to today’s clash with India, the first of the five-match series.
Yadav, 22, caused the Aussies headaches earlier in the year, taking 4-68 on debut in the fourth Test in Dharamsala.
Skipper Steve Smith said the plan would be to get after Yadav early in his spell to put pressure on the talented youngster.
“He can be difficult to pick at times,” he said.