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How Australia star Matthew Kuhnmann tricked India, learning from Ravindra Jadeja’s tropes




Matthew Kuhnmann was the star of the show as Australia bundled out India for 109 runs.© AFP

Left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnmann was the star of the show as Australia bundled out India for a total of 109 on Day 1 of the ongoing first Test in Indore. The Queenslander took his first five-wicket haul as Australia managed to take a 47-run lead on the first day at the Holkar Stadium. The 26-year-old later revealed that he had closely observed how Jadeja approaches his bowling on the rank turner, which helped his case a lot on the first day in Indore.

“The way he uses his crease and probably the biggest thing I picked up in Delhi is that when the ball gets old, he brings back his length a bit. That’s probably the main thing I picked up on other players. Taken out of the Test and brought into this Test, Kuhnman said during a press conference, probably my length.

Asked if he had managed to have a chat with Jadeja, Kuhnmann said: “I said, do you have any advice for me after the last Test? He said ‘yes, at the end of the series. I am very I’m a fan.” Jadeja and Ashwin have seen how they have bowled over the years.”

Kuhnmann, who was brought in after the first Test in New Delhi to make his debut, said he had never seen so much spin but adapted to the conditions.

“There was a lot of spin today,” Kuhnmann said of the pitch, which has been criticized by pundits and said by former Australia batsman Mark Waugh to be “not up to Test standard”.

“We talked about doing just one ball, owning my place. Nathan Lyon was outstanding there. Even after a few wickets, he said ‘don’t get ahead of yourself’. It’s not every day you get these wickets, So enjoy them.”

(with AFP inputs)

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