England in India 2012 November 17, 2012

Monty Panesar would have made it closer

ESPNcricinfo staff
England picked three fast bowlers for the first Test, at Motera in Ahmedabad. Scyld Berry, writing in the Daily Telegraph, says that it's precisely that decision that may cost them the match

England picked three fast bowlers for the first Test, at Motera in Ahmedabad. Scyld Berry, writing in the Daily Telegraph, says that it's precisely that decision that may cost them the match.

Their selection of three pace bowlers for a pitch that is turning to dust will go down in the annals as one of the major whoopsies. It is certainly the biggest miscalculation that England have made when selecting a Test side in India for 20 years: since they beheld a turner in Calcutta, noted how India chose three spinners, and cunningly deployed four pace bowlers plus one raw leggie (the strange thing is England lost by only eight wickets.)

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