Safe hands Ashwin happy with no slip ups

(Reuters) – Ravichandran Ashwin believes India still have work to do in the slip catching department but the lanky off-spinner is delighted that the hard work he has put in fine-tuning his technique is paying off.

The retirement of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in 2012 not only left huge void in the batting line-up but also deprived India of two pairs of safe hands in the slip cordon.

Ashwin back-tracked from first slip to pouch David Warner’s top-edge on Thursday and later timed his jump to perfection to grab a two-handed, over-the-head catch to send back Shaun Marsh on day two of the second test at the Gabba.

“When you tour overseas a lot, there is not so much bowling to do, so I look to contribute to the team in other ways,” the 28-year-old spinner told reporters after Australia finished the day on 221-4.

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