Left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann took his first five-wicket haul in red-ball cricket during the third test between India and Australia at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Wednesday March 1. Matthew Kuhnemann was not part of the starting team and was named as a replacement for Mitchell Swepson, who traveled to Australia for the birth of his child.
Kuhnemann was rewarded for his pinpoint accuracy, holding line and length, and finishing his bowling with figures of 5/16 in nine overs. The 26-year-old got the visitors off to a good start by dismissing Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill on low scores. He took the gates of Shreyas IyerR Ashwin and Umesh Yadav as India were bowled out for just 109 runs.
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Matthew Kuhnemann said he’s a big fan of Jadeja and admitted he sought help from the Indian all-rounder. Kuhnemann revealed that Jadeja promised to help him at the end of the series.
“I said, ‘Do you have any advice for me?’ after the last Test. He said, ‘Yeah, at the end of the series.’” Kuhnemann was quoted by Cricket.com.au.
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Ravindra Jadeja BH-ringsis the length a bit backwards – Matthew Kuhnemann
Kuhnemann said he learned from Jadeja’s bowling in Delhi that he reduced his length a bit as the ball got bigger and was consistent at 5-6 metres.
“The way he uses his tuck and probably the most important thing I learned in Delhi is that he brings its length recedes somewhat as the ball ages. That’s probably the main thing I took out of the second test and incorporated into this test, probably my length. I don’t want to fill up, especially on a wicket that stays low, being consistent over that 5-6 meter length. Kuhnemann said.
Australia are in a comfortable position going into the third Test with a score of 156-4 at stumps on Day 1, leading by 47 runs in the first innings. Marnus Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja formed a crucial partnership after losing to Travis Head early. India rallied in the game with three wickets at the end of the day.
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