Clarke informed Ponting to back spinners: How Aussie debutant cleaned up VVS Laxman with magical flip in 2008 Nagpur Test

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The 2008 Test between India and Australia in Nagpur was a simple win for the hosts. The aspect led by MS Dhoni received the toss and elected to bat to publish 441 within the first innings. Australia crew didn’t have any recognisable spin bowling choice with Jason Krejza making a debut within the match for the guests. Krejza managed to take eight wickets within the first innings on a floor that didn’t assist seamers in any respect. But the bowler had given away 215 runs whereas doing so.

The actual spotlight of the match for Krejza appear within the 2nd innings when he cleaned up VVS Laxman with a magical turning supply. In a latest interplay with ESPNCricinfo’s The Cricket Monthly column, the previous Australia spinner recalled the way it was Michael Clarke who informed Australia captain Ricky Ponting to back him.

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“At the start of the Test I started getting taken apart a little bit because the Indians went quite hard at me. I didn’t start doubting myself but those thoughts almost start creeping into your mind,” Krejza stated.

“But when Shane Watson got Murali Vijay, I remember hearing Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting talking and Punter was going, ‘What do I do?’ and Clarkey just said, ‘Mate, you’ve got to back your spinner, just bowl him.’ When I heard that I was pretty sure I’m going to get a decent crack here to find my feet and keep bowling.” 

Krejza additional recalled that by the point he returned to bowl simply earlier than the Tea on Day 4, he may see that the floor had loads of assist for the spinners.

“By that stage there was a little bit of rough, and I was thinking, ‘Right, I’ve got some assistance now, I can start trying to throw it out into the rough and let it spin.’ We set the fields for that, with quite a straight cover,” Krejza recalled.

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Krejza bowled an off-break supply at 83kph which pitched exterior off stumps, and Laxman moved in the direction of his right to push down the ball with the bat, leaving room between his legs and the stumps. The ball took a sudden flip, bought a slightest of edges of Laxman’s bat and clipped the bails.

“I call it a fluke because I think it was a fluke, like Warney’s ball of the century was a fluke,” Krejza stated. “In my whole career you could probably count them on two hands, those deliveries where everything just comes out perfectly.”

“It’s really that ‘pinch yourself’ moment when I talk back over it with people. These guys were my heroes, watching them destroy spinners and destroy quicks all over the world, then all of a sudden I was there bowling against them and getting them out,” he added.

Krejza just performed two Tests for Australia, however he stated dismissing India greats was a “great experience” for him. “It was a hard thing to feel like you belonged, because these were the people you watched on TV. It was a great experience, incredible,” he signed off.

[Attribution HT]

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