ICC World Cup: Ashwin gives India advantage over Aus, says Stuart Clark

Sydney: Former Australia pacer Stuart Clark feels the advantage India have going into tomorrow's semi-final is that they have "world class" off-spinner R Ashwin in their ranks with the Michael Clarke-led side lacking a quality spinner.

Ravichandran Ashwin and (inset) Stuart Clark
Ravichandran Ashwin and (inset) Stuart Clark 

"I think one place where India has advantage over Australia in this game is presence of Ashwin in their side. He is a world-class bowler and Australia, particularly don't have a world-class spinner.

Conversely, Australia will have guys who could be a bit quicker than their Indian counterparts," Clark, who played 24 Tests and 39 ODIs told PTI during an interaction at the SCG, here yesterday.

'Aus need spinner'
The 39-year-old, who had a dream Test debut for the Baggy Greens against South Africa, back in 2006, feels that in hindsight it might seem that Australia could have picked a specialist spinner.

"You can look at it in hindsight but they have picked their best 15. One has to understand that Australia do not have a frontline ODI spinner. Nathan Lyon has been a good Test spinner but has had very limited opportunities in one dayers," said Clark.

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