McGrath in favour of cricket's inclusion in the Olympics

In Chennai for another periodical coaching stint at the MRF Pace Foundation, Glenn McGrath shared his thoughts on the idea of cricket's inclusion in the Olympics, Australia's spin struggles in the subcontinent, and more.

McGrath has admitted that playing spin in the subcontinent has been an area of concern in the last few years for Australia.   -  R. Ragu

Glenn McGrath believed pitches for day-night first-class matches needed to have some grass to prevent the pink ball from deteriorating quickly.

“That’s been our experience in Australia,” he said.

The Aussie legend’s comments are interesting considering Duleep Trophy will be played under lights with a pink ball in Noida later this month. In the city for another periodical coaching stint at the MRF Pace Foundation, McGrath shared his thoughts on the idea of cricket's inclusion in the Olympics.

“Now you have Rugby Sevens in Olympics, there is no reason why cricket should not be there. Perhaps you can have Twenty20 cricket. I liked it when cricket was played in Commonwealth Games.”

Dwelling on Australia’s batting capitulation in the first two Tests in Sri Lanka, McGrath said, “Playing spin in the subcontinent has been one of our concerns over the last few years. It’s not that we can’t play spin. It’s about our mindset going out there to play it. We have to be clear in our minds about our game plan. Like when Mathew Hayden was here in 2001, him deciding to use the sweep effectively.”

Impressive Starc

McGrath was however pleased with Mitchell Starc’s bowling in Sri Lanka. “He is an attacking paceman. He pitches it up and gets the new ball to swing. When the ball gets older, he reverses it. And he’s got speed.”

The former pace spearhead admitted the Australian team faced a difficult task during the four-Test series in India early next year. “India in India will be a big challenge. We will get wickets that will turn square.”

McGrath said though that defeating the current West Indies team in Tests was not a true reflection of a team’s ability. “India will face tougher opponents. But the combination of Kohli’s youthful exuberance and aggression and Kumble’s experience and the respect he has earned is promising for India.”

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