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Lack of match practice no burden for Yadav

Developing Indian spinner bowler Kuldeep Yadav has enjoyed success against Australia for the second time in as many Tests.

Lack of match practice no burden for Yadav

Developing Indian spinner bowler Kuldeep Yadav has enjoyed success against Australia for the second time in as many Tests.

KULDEEP YADAV of India poses during the India Test squad headshots session at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.
KULDEEP YADAV of India poses during the India Test squad headshots session at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia. Picture:Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav hasn't played for more than a month but he put the struggling Australian batting to the sword on day three of the final Test at the SCG.

While the Indian pace attack has garnered plenty of plaudits through the first three Tests, it was the left-arm spinners who had most success on Saturday before bad light and a thunderstorm curtailed play in the final session.


Chinaman bowler Yadav took 3-71 and finger-spinner Ravindra Jadeja 2-62 as Australia's quest to find a century maker in the series went another day without fulfilment.

It was a good effort by the slow bowlers on a flat wicket which offered little turn offering, as the duo applied pressure to cover the absence of injured premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

And Australia's out-of-sorts batsmen again played some ordinary shots.

Yadav topped India's bowling averages in the three-match T20 series in late November, but hadn't played since delivering just one over in the Test squad's sole warm-up match that finished on December 1.

The 24-year-old remained motivated and continued to develop his craft by learning from Ashwin and Jadeja.

"They are the ones who keep pushing me in the nets so I was very motivated by them." Yadav said.

"It's very important to learn from them."

Yadav is no stranger to success against Australia, having taken 4-68 in the first innings of his maiden Test in Dharamsala almost two years ago.

At the SCG he started his haul by snaring senior Australian batsman Usman Khawaja, inducing him to mishit a wrong 'un to midwicket.

"I was just bowling chinamen and I knew he was going to come after me and go for maybe midwicket or mid-on," Yadav said.

"I was very lucky with that wrong 'un, it pitched in a perfect area and he hit it straight to midwicket."

Yadav also took a return catch to dismiss Travis Head and then bowled Tim Paine with a well-flighted delivery.

"Deceiving the batsmen in the air, that's the most important thing for me," said Yadav, who is six Tests into a promising career.

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