India in England 2014 July 10, 2014

Slower balls go missing on slow pitch

England struggled to make impact on the first day of the Trent Bridge Test as the pitch offered no help to their traditional strength - their seamers. However, Simon Hughes, in the Daily Telegraph, says that England's experienced bowlers could have experimented with pace variations a little more.

Change of pace is a bowling option England have rarely embraced in Test cricket. It is a strange omission considering the number and variety of slower balls they purvey in one-day matches, and one that exasperates bowling coach David Saker. Broad and Anderson have at least two different slower cutters at their disposal - required to inhibit big-swinging batsmen - yet overlook them in Test matches. The pre-match planning never factors it in.