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A tale of two coaches

MICKEY ARTHUR, Aus coach (2010 - present)

Australia coach Mickey Arthur, who was in charge of South African during its 1-1 drawn series in India in 2008, said he would look to use his past experience to good effect in the upcoming four-Test series starting February 22. ‘I was here for South Africa as its coach for the tour before and the result was one-all. We played in Chennai and actually drew the game here. I would like to draw the experience of it and share with the Australian cricket team. But, we got our own brand and hopefully we will ensure our success during the next six weeks,’ he added. Arthur said it was a positive sign that his players had batted well while following on against the India-A team during their last practice game. ‘It is a very positive sign ahead of the first Test as Michael (Clarke) said that batters have worked extremely hard against spin. We have come here pretty early. I am very comfortable with the way they played the spinners yesterday and in the later session. I am really happy that they were forced to follow on and again our batters had another opportunity in these conditions to get accustomed to that,’ said the coach.

JOHN BUCHANAN, Aus coach (1997- 2007)

Former coach John Buchanan feels Australia’s pace attack and not spinners will be the key to their success in India. Buchanan, who coached Australia to a historic win on the 2004 tour of India, says the outcome of the four-match series will depend a lot on how the speedsters bowl with the old ball besides stifling the Indian batsmen. Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and Jackson Bird form Australia’s potent pace department. ‘I do think it’s a good pace attack; it depends how it adapts to the conditions it’s about to face,” Buchanan, now New Zealand’s director of cricket, he told  Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday. Comparing the present conditions from the 2004 tour in November, Buchanan said: ‘They’re going into India now in February/March. That makes a difference as well because some of the wickets still provide a little bit of bounce and pace at the start of the summer, whereas potentially by this time of their season, wickets have been subjected to plenty of heat and plenty of wear and possibly the ability for pace bowlers to extract good pace and bounce are limited. It really means that the pace bowlers have really got to look at their strategies with an old bowl and what they can do with that.’
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