During this year’s India tour, Australian left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann reflected on the valuable guidance provided by Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Kuhnemann believes that the strategies proved effective and looks forward to applying them in the upcoming Big Bash League.
Kuhnemann played a crucial part in Australia’s victory in the third Test in Indore, securing 5 wickets in the initial innings. Wrapping up with a total of six wickets in the match, the 27-year-old shared that Jadeja offered valuable advice post the series.
In an interview with Fox Cricket, the rookie spinner disclosed:
“He gave me a few pointers at the end of the series, which was awesome. I sort of took that into the county season, and it seemed to work. Hopefully I can bring that into the Big Bash and contribute to some wins.”
Prior to his Test debut in Delhi within the same series, the cricketer from Queensland had participated in four ODIs, securing six wickets. Despite Ashton Agar’s injury leading up to the 2023 World Cup, he wasn’t called back. With respectable first-class figures, he has taken 56 wickets in 20 matches at an average of 33.75.
“I’ve gained a lot of knowledge in the past year”- Matthew Kuhnemann
The 27-year-old is also looking forward to Australia’s upcoming Test series in the subcontinent, specifically their tour of Sri Lanka in 2025. He further mentioned:
“When the schedule comes out, me personally, you look at the subcontinent (tours). I’d love to get back in (the Test side). It was awesome, it was like a dream come true being over there. I’ve learned heaps in the last 12 months, so hopefully that puts me in good stead for the future.”
Despite having Nathan Lyon on their Sri Lanka tour in 2022, Australia felt the absence of a dedicated left-arm spinner. The visitors convincingly won the first Test by 10 wickets but faced a defeat in the second Test by an innings and 39 runs.
Prabhath Jayasuriya’s outstanding six-wicket performance in both innings earned him the Player of the Match accolade, leading the Sri Lankan Lions to conclude the red-ball series with a 1-1 result.