August 10, 2014

England v India, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford

'India threw in the towel'

In his column for the Telegraph, Michael Vaughan criticises India's performance in the fourth Investec Test, saying the visitors took their eye off cricket after being distracted by the James Anderson episode

India were simply embarrassing. They have been brought up facing orthodox off spin but they made it look as though Moeen Ali was bowling hand grenades and folded abysmally.
They just gave up under pressure, they threw in the towel. For the past two weeks it looks to me as if India have been fighting too many battles off the pitch and have forgotten to fight on it.
They got embroiled in the James Anderson case and were so bent on getting him banned that they took their eye off the cricket.

In the same paper, Steve James attributes Moeen Ali's success to the bowler's use of pace.

Pace is also vital for a spinner. Moeen Ali's remarkable transformation from distrusted part-time off-spinner to match-winner has all been down to his pace. Quite simply, he has decided to propel his twirlers a little more quickly and it has made him a different bowler. The club cricketer's cliche of 'give it some air' might work for crease-bound batsmen at that level, but not for the top practitioners. Then pace and revolutions become key. Moeen has found both.

In the Guardian, Mike Selvey comments that Joe Root and Jos Buttler should also be commended for giving England a firm advantage, when India were still in a position to challenge.

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