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3 reasons why Rohit Sharma can be successful as a Test Batsman in Australia

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9.28K   //    08 Nov 2018, 00:46 IST

#2 Lack of swing and minimal seam movement

The ball will not swing in Australia like the way it swings in England
The ball will not swing in Australia like the way it swings in England

Kookaburra ball which is used in Australia softens up after 15 overs, and this will negate any kind of lateral movement that may happen. The ball usually doesn't swing throughout the day, as it does in England. The Australian summers are pretty hot which usually dries up the moisture in the pitch after the first session and the wicket becomes a belter for batting.

Since Rohit doesn't open the innings in Test cricket and usually slots in at numbers 5 or 6, he shouldn't worry about playing the new ball. He can be vulnerable to swing bowling which was evident when he played against South Africa early this year when Vernon Philander troubled him with inward movement off the pitch.

Apart from Josh Hazelwood, who pitches it up and looks for swing, Cummins and Starc's natural length is the back of the length which is no doubt challenging, but definitely not as difficult as playing a James Anderson or a Stuart Broad on a gloomy morning on a green seamer in England.

Rohit Sharma can handle the short stuff as he has a technique that supports him compared to swing bowling which he finds it difficult.

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