Aus­tralia calls spin clone to prep bats

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - MATT COUGHLAN in Chen­nai

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.

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