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Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor has praised the changes Australian batters made following the calamitous collapse in Delhi last time out.
In Australia’s second innings, in which they lost 9-48 on the third morning six batters were out playing a sweep shot of some description.
But on day one in Indore, the shot was a notable omission from the Aussie’s arsenal.
Taylor said its use in that capacity meant it could well become more valuable, Taylor and it was obvious the squad had “gone away and had a think” about their second Test performance
“I saw Usman Khawaja play a reverse sweep out of nowhere when he was in the 40s, which surprised everyone,” Taylor told Wide World of Sports.
“That’s not bad batting, it had the surprise element, rather than a go-to shot, which is what happened in the second Test.”
But even when batting well, Taylor warned batting in India meant it was easy to be dismissed without making an error.
“Smith got one he nicked, and you could see he nodded his head, as if to say, ‘If you play down the line and it spins, takes the edge and the keeper takes a good catch, well that’s just a good dismissal.’
“There’s not much you can do with that, it’s the same as a fast bowler bowling you a magnificent leg-cutter on a green pitch.
“Australia made that change, and did it well.”
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