first_imgAs a bowler, Hastings job would be to out think the As a bowler, Hastings job would be to out think the batsmen who keep on improvising in the shortest version of the game. “These days, the batters are so good, they can hit the ball anywhere in the field. So, youve got to be one step ahead of the batter and also make sure that youve got a lot of variety so they dont know what kind of ball is coming… “Not always the slower balls, the fast cutters that you can bowl into the wicket. Cant bowl the same ball more than once because if you do so the ball will sail over heads for six.” “Having played India over in Australia, our wickets were pretty similar, pretty flat and slow surfaces. India played quite well there. On such surfaces, you have to have a lot of variety, two-three slower balls, execute a good yorker and be able to hit a really good length at the top of the stumps. “So, theres a lot of different factors that come into play when you are playing on flat pitches. Small grounds, flat wickets, its quite tough with little margin for error,” he said. PTI TAP KHS ATlast_img read more