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Vettori advises Australian spinners

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/02/2017 Warren Barnsley
Daniel Vettori © Getty Daniel Vettori

The Australian cricket team continued to consult widely as they attempt to unlock the secrets of spin bowling on the subcontinent, with two international stars the latest to advise the tourists.

Retired New Zealand left-armer Daniel Vettori and Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath and have spoken to Australian spinners ahead of the Test tour of India.

They join former England tweaker Monty Panesar, who worked with players at Cricket Australia's Centre of Excellence in Brisbane, and retired Indian spinner-now-tour consultant Sriram Sridharan as those engaged by Australians.

Star offspinner Nathan Lyon, who was well below his best in Australia's last subcontinental tour of Sri Lanka, met with Vettori during the BBL season.

"He's obviously a world-class finger spinner and someone who I looked up to at the start of my career," Lyon said from Australia's camp in Dubai.

"He was someone who I could just talk spin bowling with."

Vettori, 38, took 362 wickets for New Zealand over 113 Tests, including 31 wickets at an average of 44.77 in eight Tests in India.

Herath, who dominated with 28 wickets at a average of 12.75 during Australia's 3-0 Test series loss in Sri Lanka last year, has spoken to fellow left-arm finger spinner Steve O'Keefe.

"I guess that main things you get from those guys is about challenging the batters' defence," Australia's O'Keefe said.

"If you can continually put the ball in the right area, given these conditions will spin more than what we're used to at home, I think that'll help us.

Australia's struggles with spin in Asia are well known having not won a Test in India since 2004, while their last series victory in Asia came against Sri Lanka in 2011.

They meet the world No.1 home side in Pune for the first Test staring February 23.

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