Australia turn to local spinner to counter Kuldeep

Kuldeep Yadav has picked 11 wickets from seven ODIs
Kuldeep Yadav has picked 11 wickets from seven ODIs
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Australia captain Steven Smith believes that the experience of playing a local bowler during their net session will benefit his team's batsmen in combating left-arm-wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the upcoming One-Day International series against India.

Kuldeep had a memorable Test debut against Australia in the deciding game in Dharmasala where he claimed four wickets in the first innings to set up India's eight wicket win and also the series to go with it.

The 22-year-old has already achieved reasonable success in his short ODI career after picking 11 wickets from seven games at an economy of under four.

Knowing the challenge ahead, Australia decided to rope in local left-arm wrist spinner KK Jiyas to help them prepare facing Kuldeep and Smith is hopeful of applying early pressure on the Uttar Pradesh spinner.

"He’s a good young talent,” said Smith.

"He can be difficult to pick at times so he’s someone you’ve got to watch really closely.

"Hopefully we can put him under a little bit of pressure early in his spell and try and take him for as many (runs) as we can.

"“(Engaging Jiyas) is a chance to train against someone who bowls the same. There’s not too many around the world so it’s a little bit different and it’s been good to get someone who bowls a bit of that."

Both Australia and India will face other in a five match ODI series that will be followed by three Twenty20 Internationals between 17th September and 13th October.

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