Thommo tears into pace plans
Former Test firebrand Jeff Thomson has put the heat on bowling coach David Saker to bring common sense back to Australia's Test match bowling plans.
Thomson was alarmed that Australia's fast bowlers did not get a single lbw verdict in the four Test series against India and said that freak statistic alone confirms Australia mucked up its plans.
"Too short, too wide - that's what it says,'' Thomson said as the Australian side headed to Brisbane for Thursday's day-night Test against Sri Lanka.
"Too many balls that batsmen are not stressed about getting out on.
"I'm not surprised they didn't get an lbw because they needed about three sets of stumps they were bowling so wide.
"I'm not sure what David Saker has been teaching them. (Expletive deleted) me dead. I mean we didn't have this problem when Craig McDermott was the bowling coach.
"They haven't swung the ball. I have not seen blokes spend so much time bowling wide balls. Someone has to be accountable. No-one seemed to jump in and correct things.
"The Indians bowled what we used to try and bowl - seam up, try and swing the ball and make them play.
"It's kids stuff ... shit you learn when you are 12 years old.
"You looked at the seam position of the Indian attack when they were bowling and a lot of times it was perfect and our batsmen did not know which way it was going to go.
"When we bowled the seam was all over the place. It's ridiculous. As for that cross-seamed stuff. Well, that worked well, didn't it?''
Australia's pace attack arrived in Brisbane on Saturday night without sturdy seamer Josh Hazlewood who has been rested after showing the first signs of stress fractures.
Thomson likes the look of lively Perth quick Jhye Richardson who has been chosen as Hazlewood's replacement.
"I was watching him the other day and he looked okay. He has a good action and a bit of pace.''
Australia will have to decide whether Richardson or veteran Peter Siddle joins Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in the starting attack.
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