Indian Cricket Team
By Sidharth Gulati
In a freewheeling chat with Cricnwin, Joe Dawes - the former Australia cricketer who had earlier served as bowling coach of India and Kings XI Punjab - discusses Australia's World Cup selection puzzle, the IPL 2019 and much more.
Is there a perfect recipe for IPL success?
I think you would have to look at Chennai Super Kings as a base for that and what they have is a really good group of experienced local players that they can top up with quality internationals where, I think, a lot of sides buy international players and build around them.
One thing you are looking forward to in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League?
I just love the passion of the Indian people. I loved it during my time with India and in the IPL. Also, I’m excited to see the tactics to be used from the mix of players.
With the World Cup just a couple of months away, there is a lot of buzz among top teams about workload management. Your take on it..
Team India plays a lot of cricket and it’s something the players must be aware of. I think they have built a good group now to cover an injury but need to be careful leading up to the World Cup. Playing in IPL can be tiring.
Was the ball-tampering incident because of Australia not getting consistent results across formats?
I don’t think so. From an outsider, it looked like the tour (of South Africa) had turned really sour and placed some people in a position they didn’t want to be - which can force people into rash or silly decisions. I’m sure those decisions are now well and truly regretted.
Were the suspensions on Steve Smith and David Warner harsh?
To be honest, I don’t think so. A line was crossed that the Australians feel very strongly about and I hope it never happens again.
Will the return of Smith and Warner change the team dynamics, given that Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Ashton Turner have done a fine job. In fact, Shaun Marsh, who didn’t perform against India, was Australia’s best batsman in ODIs in 2018.
I think any cricket team would welcome back two quality players. Having competition for places is important in any team and it brings out the best in players. Smith and Warner have served their punishments and should be picked again. Sure, this means some will miss out but tested international stars win big tournaments like the World Cup.
Is Aaron Finch the right man to lead Australia in the World Cup?
Absolutely. He has had a lean patch but is a respected and quality player. All players go through tough phases but these can be turned around in an innings. He has had a long summer where he was challenged by the needs of the team but hopefully, it will put him in a much better place now.
Give that Josh Hazlewood hasn’t played much ODI cricket since the 2017 Champions Trophy, do you think he should be selected for the World Cup? Guys like Jhye Richardson and Nathan Coulter-Nile have done well in the opportunities given to them.
Josh is a quality bowler in any format and is still the second highest ranked Aussie bowler in the ICC ODI rankings (Pat Cummins is seventh while Hazlewood is 12th). I would be taking him.
What should be Australia’s bowling attack in the World Cup?
Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon. Jhye Richardson and James Pattinson as standbys.
Your take on Jasprit Bumrah….
(He’s) a very good bowler and appears to be a class above others at the moment. His challenge will be as people plan and prepare for him, can he maintain it for long periods. Something I’m very much looking forward to.
Who according to you will be the four World Cup semi-finalists?
England, India, Pakistan and Australia
What do you make of India’s bowling attack?
I think it is coming together and they can have a number of combinations depending on the wickets. Most players have tasted success in the format (ODIs) in the UK which will give them confidence going in.
From all the 10 teams for the World Cup, which side has the best fast bowling attack?
Fully fit and bowling well, it is a split for me between India and Australia.
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