November 20, 2012

England in India 2012

England's seamers should still have a major say

Simon Hughes, writing in the Daily Telegraph, says there are things England's fast bowlers can learn from the way their Indian counterparts performed in the Ahmedabad Test as they prepare to recover in the second Test in Mumbai.

James Anderson cannot suddenly turn himself into Steyn. But, if the conditions in Mumbai are similar, especially with the old ball, he might try increasing his speed in bursts (it was mainly around 84mph in the first Test) and bowling more like Zaheer, operating to a full length, mixing up his pace and making more use of the width of the crease. He needs to be in the batsmen's face a bit more. He never throws in the towel, but he is inclined to look forlorn during a hot, enervating day on a barren pitch, where Zaheer seems to revel in giving a batsman an uncomfortable time.

In the same newspaper, Jonathan Liew places Kevin Pietersen's struggles against left-arm spin in the larger context of how left-arm spinners have been traditionally perceived in cricket.

In his diary in the Daily Mail, David Lloyd says England should drop Jonathan Trott given his relatively unimpressive run in recent times.


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