Bowling coach admits there's a lot of room for improvement after Australia post 348-2 on Day 1
Sydney: Between them, India's six main bowlers have played 463 internationals, including 122 Tests, but their coach B Arun still maintains that the team's attack is a "work in progress" as an excuse for their inept performance during the current Australian tour.
Captain Virat Kohli (left) encourages Umesh Yadav on Day 1 of the Sydney Test at SCG yesterday. Pic/AFP
Allrounder Arun, who played two Test matches in 1986-87 and scored four runs and took four wickets for an average of 29, yesterday said there is still a lot of work to be done to bring about discipline among the bowlers.
Openers make merry
Openers David Warner and Chris Rogers shared a 200-run opening stand to put Australia in control on Day 1 of the fourth Test by reaching 348-2 and Arun said his bowlers have to be more consistent.
"It has been a mixed bag. We have to be lot more disciplined than we are at present. There have been occasions where we have been disciplined but I think consistency is going to be the key," said Arun.
"There is a lot of work that needs to be done on that. We are working towards being more consistent and disciplined. Every kind of wicket you bowl on is different. You got to adjust to the wicket to be able to do that," he added.
Among the frontline bowlers, Ishant has been the most experienced bowler with 61 Tests under his belt, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar (11), Umesh Yadav (11), Mohammad Shami (11), R Ashwin (23), Varun Aaron (5) have not played too many Tests.
Ishant Sharma was rested from this Test owing to a left-knee pain and as such India's bowling department seemed to lack experience yesterday.
When asked if this was a factor on a tough day and an easy pitch, the coach replied, "We are a young side and we are in the process of rebuilding and learning. We have performed well so far and we have been very competitive in this series.
"If you notice the first two matches, they could have gone either way. The fact is we are not as consistent as we need to be. We really need to work on it."
Number of runs India have conceded in the four Tests in Australia so far
Indian bowlers' strike-rate in the Australian series. The visiting bowlers have clinched 49 wickets so far in the series