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    Keith StackPole: AUS need a finger spinner

    Keith Stackpole, a member of the last Aussie team to triumph in a test series in India in 1969 reckons Australia need to find a good finger spinner to partner Warne on this year's tours to Sri Lanka and India. He mentioned this on ABC radio today during the IND - ZIM game.

    What do people think of this idea ?
    I'm not sure if Australia have a finger spinner worth taking to the subcontinent....

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    What a boring topic... i think more people are interested in the progress of a certain SK Warne......

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    If Hauritz is seriously Australia's best fingerspinner they'd be better to try MacGill...
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    I would take Bevan to both India and Sri Lanka as a specialist bowler if it wasn't for his shoulder. He spins it the opposite way to Warne, at least.

    Katich may well be bowled a hell of a lot.
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    Personally I think Lehmann could be useful over there - not a real handful, but he is far better with the ball than most, and himself, give him credit for.
    People joke about him not turning it, but he spins it as much as any fingerspinner going around.

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    I rate Katich as a much better part-timer than Lehmann. Bevan too, but he has a bad shoulder.

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    From what I have heard Bevan is basically retired from bowling, but he wasn't the worst.
    Katich is nowhere near as accurate as Lehmann and while he is a leggie, he still gets most of his wickets with Long-Hops.
    I would expect Lehmann to turn it sufficiently to be a threat out there, and Katich to be too wayward as usual.

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    I feel Austrailia will need to take a specialist finger spinner as I think India will be able to cope with the bowling of Lehmann and Katich without too much trouble.

    I am also looking forward to the resumption of the Tendulkar-Warne battle. By Warne's own admission Tendulkar has won the battle so far, interesting to see what happens next ...

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    Davison is Australia's bert finger spinner, and we all know that he is a good bat.....
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    Originally posted by Prince EWS
    Davison is Australia's bert finger spinner, and we all know that he is a good bat.....
    You ever seen him bowl?

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    Ive seen him bowl quite a bit actually. Ive seen all his Canada games and quite a few South Australia games.

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    Originally posted by Richard
    Personally I think Lehmann could be useful over there - not a real handful, but he is far better with the ball than most, and himself, give him credit for.
    People joke about him not turning it, but he spins it as much as any fingerspinner going around.
    I think he could do allright as a spinner as well.

    He is accurate and turn's the ball not much but In sub-contenent condition's he would still turn it enough.

    He could be very frustrating for batsman particuarly if they think they should be smashing him.

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    I think Doherty is over rated.

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