5 best players of spin from Australia
A look at 5 of the finest players of spin bowling to have ever represented Australia in international cricket.
Australia is a country that is famous for its quick, bouncy pitches and fast bowlers. Although the country has produced arguably the greatest spin bowlers in the history of the sport, the game is largely dominated by fast bowlers.
Naturally, the batsmen who grow up on a diet of fast bowling are at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to playing quality spin as opposed to players from other nations.
Despite that, Australia have produced plenty of batsmen who have been excellent against spin and had it not been the case, they would not have been one of the world's great cricketing nations.
Let's take a look at 5 of Australia's finest players of spin bowling till date and since the record in the sub-continent is the ultimate yardstick for batting against spin, the players' performances in Asia remains a key deciding factor.
#5 Doug Walters
According to former Australian captain Ian Chappell, his former team-mate and colossus of the team's middle-order, Doug Walters remains the finest player of spin bowling that he has ever witnessed. Considering the fact that Chappell was watched a lot of cricket owing to his career as a commentator, his assertion must be taken seriously.
Walters batted at number 5 or 6 for Australia in a career that spanned around 16 years (1965-1981) and was particularly well known for his quick feet movement against spin bowlers. Much like the best players of spin in the business, the right-hander did not let spinners settle and constantly used his superior foot movement or excellent backfoot play to offset their rhythm.
There was also the small matter of him being a superbly attacking batsman. When he toured India in 1969-70, he made a century and two fifties in 5 Test matches for Australia, against the finest spin bowling attack in the world.