Australia asks Indian company to review thrashing in Pakistan Tests: report

AusAustralia has been engaging an Indian company to conduct a thorough review of its team’s thrashing against Pakistan to find a solution for the country’s woes in Asia, a report published by The Sydney Morning Herald said.

A Chennai-based Indian analysis firm, Cricket 21, which employs former first-class Indian cricketers, has been assigned to sort out Australia’s problems in sub-continent conditions. Australia has lost 10 of their past 15 Tests in the sub-continent.

The report said that there had been calls led by former Test captain and Cricket Australia (CA) Director Allan Border for an Argus-style review into issues faced by Australia in Asia.

This prompted CA high performance chief Pat Howard to turn to India, which will also be taking on Australia for four Tests starting next month.

Cricket 21 regularly provide series reviews to CA and also provided an analysis on Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar before the start of Pakistan-Australia Tests, the report said, adding that the Australian side, however, failed to make the most out of it.

Sunny Kaliyar, a former fast bowler and Cricket 21 employee, has been known as one of the CA’s performance analysts.

“The tour reviews not only summarise what went wrong in UAE, but more importantly provide feedback on what they can do better in future visits to the sub-continent,” the report quoted Kaliyar as saying.

“It’s more about cricketing background. It’s not just guys who are behind computers,” Kaliyar said. “It’s guys who have actually played cricket.”

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