Border’s advice for Head: Improve against spin to emulate Hayden’s success during ’01 India tour | Cricket News

MELBOURNE: Former captain Allan Border advised left-hander Travis head to improve his technique against spinners if he is to replicate Matthew Hayden’s success when Australia tour India for a four-Test series next year.
Head was named ‘player of the series’ at the last Ashes, but his form dropped dramatically in sub-continental conditions (against Pakistan and Sri Lanka) where he only managed 91 runs with the highest score of 26.
“He (Head) needs to sit down and come up with a better method than he is doing now, that’s for sure,” Border told cricket.com.au.
Border said he spoke to Head about hitting the spinning wickets.
“I talked to him (Head) a bit about hitting the spinning wickets. He has to learn how to sweep and sweep well. And he has to use his feet, people don’t seem ready to go down the track and defend, even” , added Border, which has 11,174 tests to its name.
“We go sub-continent a lot, so if he wants to be in the frame he has to learn how to play spinning ball,” Border said and cited Hayden as an example.
“Hayden is a great example,” joked Border.
“There are only a few subtle things. He’s a very good player against anything other than the spinning ball. That’s the flaw he has to work on, but it’s (playing the) shot. sweep, use your feet, get on the front foot and when you try to defend, use nice soft hands,” was Border’s suggestion for Head, who played 28 Tests.
Hayden had a superb campaign in India in 2001 where he scored 549 points including two hundred and one double hundred.
Australia are set to tour India next year for a four-Test series.

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