January 13, 2013

England in India, 2012

England at home in India

The one-day series between India and England was given a thrilling start in Rajkot as the visitors ended a long way for an ODI win on Indian soil. In the Sunday Telegraph, Steve James looks back on the opening exchanges and how England do not now fear this tour. However, he points out that significant issues remain.

I have not enjoyed a live cricket match as much for some time. And there was much to enjoy in England's performance too. It was not perfect, of course. There remain serious worries about the seam bowling in particular. Steven Finn looks well short of the full gallop, and Jade Dernbach is simply not an opening bowler in international cricket, even if he is a highly skilled operator of variety in the latter stages. Tim Bresnan has yet to convince that his career is not slipping down the other side of the mountain.

It's a similar theme from Scyld Berry, again in the Sunday Telegraph, who says that the benefit of defending over 300 gave a wayward attack some breathing space.

But when India bat first, England's seamers will have no such external support. All they will have is the comforting knowledge that India's left-handed opening batsman, Gautam Gambhir, has been giving his wicket away all winter: in 12 matches in various formats against England and Pakistan, he has reached double figures in every innings bar two, and never gone past 65. His counterpart Cook, with his iron self-discipline, never gives his wicket away.


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