Australia's Jason Gillespie displays the ball after he took five Indian wickets during the third day of the third Test match in Nagpur, India in 2004.
Australia's Jason Gillespie displays the ball after he took five Indian wickets during the third day of the third Test match in Nagpur, India in 2004. AMAN SHARMA

It's not all about the spinners in India

SPIN isn't always everything it's cracked up to be for touring teams in India.

For every Richie Benaud (52 wickets at 18.38) there is a Cameron White (five wickets at 68.4).

Even Shane Warne (34 wickets at 41.1) was far from at his most potent.

Pace certainly has it's place - and can indeed flourish. And the records of these Aussie pacemen pay testament to that truth.

Geoff Dymock - 24 wickets at 24.16 in 1979

The left-arm Queenslander was 34 when given a chance to lead the Aussie attack in the absence of the World Series crowd. And he didn't disappoint. Dymock took 12 wickets in the third Test defeat in Kanpur, including every one of the Indian players at least once. He followed it up with four wickets in Delhi and six more in Kolkata. Unfortunately those efforts didn't produce a victory.

Graham McKenzie - 34 wickets at 19.26 in 1964 and 1969

The West Australian quickly found Indian conditions to his liking, making his mark in his very first Test on the subcontinent as a 23-year-old. He took 10 wickets in a big win in Chennai and formed a great opening attack partnership with Alan Connolly. Four years later he took 16 wickets, highlighted by figures of 6-68 in a 10-wicket success in Kolkata.

 

Australia's Glenn McGrath appeals successfully for the dismissal of India's Virender Sehwag,  in Bangalore, India, Saturday in 2004.
Australia's Glenn McGrath appeals successfully for the dismissal of India's Virender Sehwag, in Bangalore, India, Saturday in 2004. AMAN SHARMA

Glenn McGrath - 33 wickets at 21.30 in 1996, 2001 and 2004

Can you name the only one Test destination where McGrath has an average over 30? The answer is Pakistan. It was a different story in India where he took 17 wickets in 2001 and 16 wickets three years later, although strangely he never took a five-wicket haul. The hallmark of his performances was his stifling line and length. In 2001 he bowled a remarkable 60 maidens.

Jason Gillespie - 33 wickets at 21.72 in 2001 and 2004

Damien Martyn may have been the player of the series in 2004 but surely Gillespie wasn't far behind. Dizzy followed on a strong 2001 series (13 wickets) with an utterly dominant one three years later, even overshadowing McGrath. His 20-wicket haul included nine in the massive third Test win in Nagpur, with his ability to break partnerships vital to the Aussie cause.

News Corp Australia


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