December 5, 2012

England in India 2012

Finn can test India

In the Daily Telegraph, Simon Hughes says Steven Finn, with his height, aggression and a bit of attitude can put the Indian batsmen on the back foot.

A keen student of bowling and a quick learner, Finn has observed how Zaheer Khan uses these spells mainly pitching the ball up at a skiddy pace, swinging it a bit either way and varying his position on the crease from both over and round the wicket. Finn is quicker than Zaheer, but does not bowl the same full length. He will need to adapt to be effective. A shorter, slingier sort of bowler is best for these conditions: think Waqar Younis or Darren Gough in their pomp (though, in fact, Gough never played a Test in India). It would be hard for Finn to lower his delivery angle, but variations of release points and speed will be important.

Ted Dexter looks back to 50 years ago when he lead an England team to India. He speaks to Paul Newman in the Daily Mail.

How does Kevin Pietersen's century in India rank among those played by an England batsman overseas? Mike Selvey, in the Guardian, thinks Pietersen has tough competition.

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