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