Island Cricket

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bellerive to be a batting paradise: Symonds

Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds says he is not expecting the Bellerive Oval wicket to be bowler-friendly in the second Test against Sri Lanka starting in Hobart tomorrow.

Ricky Ponting indicated yesterday that Australia would bat first if he won the toss, based on the prediction that the wicket is going to suit batsmen because of its dryness and lack of moisture.

Symonds said it was likely the Test would be decided by the strength of each side's batting line-up.

"It looks like it could be a difficult wicket to get batsmen, especially in the second innings when all the moisture has gone out of it," he said.

"So bat once and hopefully bat big... and hopefully just knock a few off in the second innings if everything goes well."

Symonds' main contribution in Australia's victory in the first Test in Brisbane came from his bat, as he stroked an unbeaten 53 from 61 deliveries.

However, he did also provide support with the ball to take the combined figures of 2 for 31.

He said he was hopeful of getting more time with the ball in the second Test, so as to take some of the workload away from the three-man pace attack and leg spinner Stuart MacGill.

"It felt like the ball came out well, probably as well as it has for quite for a while and that's encouraging," he said.

"Standing in the field for six or eight hours is very boring and breaking it up with a bit of bowling is nice. It's good to sort of have the confidence that hopefully Ricky knows he can go to me and I can do a job."



Uncle J rod said...

Looks like a good deck, malinga bowled great, but no wickets. Traditionally Hobart is the best batting pitch in the country.

Hilal said...

That's the match lost right there on the first day. 300 runs for the loss of only 3 wickets; advantage Australia!

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