Cricket News: Brad Hogg says “Ajaz Patel must improve his consistency”

Cricket News: Brad Hogg discussed Ajaz Patel’s bowling in the second India-New Zealand Test, based on the latter’s history in the first innings. Patel was only able to bowl as the third bowler. In Test cricket history, he is the only player to take all ten wickets in a single inning. Patel also found turn and bounce from his very first spell in Mumbai. And proceeded to bowl 47.5 overs in the first innings. Hogg noted that despite scripting history. While Ajaz Patel needed to improve his consistency and compared his line and lengths to that of Axar Patel.

Cricket News: “If I compare Ajaz Patel with Axar Patel, the one thing he needs to work on is his consistency. The Mumbai wicket helped him to get away with that inconsistency. Because if you bowled a little bit fuller and the batsmen didn’t use their feet, the ball was going to turn easily. If you look at Axar Patel, the majority of the deliveries are pitched in the good length area,” Hogg said.

Cricket News: Brad Hogg says "Ajaz Patel must improve his consistency"

Ajaz Patel

Furthermore, Brad Hogg did not have the best of outings in the first Test. While leading a three-pronged spin attack. Also, following his 10 wicket-haul in the first innings of the second Test. Hogg claimed 4 more wickets in the second innings, taking his match tally to 14 wickets.

Lastly, Hogg reserved praise for the analytical approach taken by Mayank Agarwal against Patel. The left-arm spinner was running through the Indian batting unit. And then the opening batsman kept the scoreboard running by taking calculative risks. Agarwal has ability against spin bowling is well known. Also, struck 17 fours and 4 sixes in his first innings knock of 150.

Cricket News: “Mayank Agarwal was under a lot of pressure after getting the opportunity to open after a long time. At 80-3, all of a sudden he had to think about how he should approach this situation. He had the new batsman Iyer at the other end and Ajaz Patel being the biggest threat,” Brad Hogg said.

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