England news November 23, 2011

England target improvement against spin

ESPNcricinfo staff

The England performance programme (EPP) squad travel to India next month and director David Parsons hopes to use the trip to enhance the players' skills on the subcontinent.

Batsman, spin bowlers and wicketkeepers will attend a training camp in Pune and Mumbai ahead of selection for the England Lions tours of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2012. Parsons believes the trip will provide vital experience for England's rising stars.

"India, statistically if you speak to any past England player, is the most difficult place to go and win," Parsons told the ECB website. "Obviously, England haven't got a great record out there in recent years, so we thought that would be a good place to go."

The trip follows England's 5-0 defeat in the one-day series in India during October and poor performance at the World Cup in March, hosted in the subcontinent, which ended in a 10-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka in the quarter-final.

Test captain Andrew Strauss will be among three senior England players joining the training camps ahead of England's Test series against Pakistan in January.

Matt Prior and Eoin Morgan, who has spent the last two months recovering from a shoulder injury which ruled him out of the India trip, will also travel with the EPP squad to begin acclimatisation for the tour to UAE.

"The density of population, the traffic, the heat, the humidity; the types of pitches they will be playing on and the stadiums will be very unfamiliar to players," said Parsons, "We want to give more familiarity with that environment. There will be a heavy emphasis on skills development from both the spin bowlers' perspective and the batsmen perspective as well. To be effective, especially against spin, is an area where we haven't been particularly strong."

The EPP squad includes several players who have been involved with senior England teams. Jonny Bairstow, who was part of the England team that lost in India last month; Alex Hales, the Nottinghamshire batsman with four Twenty20 caps; and James Taylor, who is set for a move from Leicestershire to Nottinghamshire, are all in the squad.

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  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    i think kumble was better than mushtaq ahmed!

  • david on November 25, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    any saffers or even aussies or pakistani young spin bowlers reading this, come on down. if ur mother or father or both were english or you have emigrated to the uk, your mother country needs you, well in 4/5 years time swanny's got the job till then. just think in the time which swann has been playing for england the aussies have tried 8 spin bowls of all sorts leggies offies and lefties. and non of them are playing for them now. ups sorry lyon is still there. dpk

  • John on November 25, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    @RandyOz, maybe Aust should get a decent spinnerthen, and maybe England wouldn't keep beating them by an innings. Of course, they are missing far more than a spinner. 47 all out?! If you want to see a hapless batting lineup, just watch that innings again. At least it won't take long to watch.

  • david on November 25, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    randyoz u must have some relations in saffer land / united XI as that is your comments in every piece you post other than how good the aussies are . we have not selected any pakistanis of late or not that i know of. dpk

  • Manesh on November 25, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    What ever training they did, the result will be the same. lol

  • John on November 24, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    @Alexander Robert William Addison - Bell is bad (even by our own standards) in the OD game full stop. I wonder if it's not more a case of struggling in the OD arena or struggling in the OD arena against spin as opposed to just struggling against spin ? Playing spin in a format which we already struggle at is always likely to add to our problems. Isn't Mushtaq Ahmed a bowling coach for England? You don't get many better than him in the modern game - Warne and Murali are the only 2 that spring to mind

  • Randolph on November 24, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Maybe they should target home grown players first and cease being the United XI

  • Dummy4 on November 23, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    Taylor is probably the best player against spin that we have alongside Morgan and KP (Bell is solid against spin but struggles to score against it in limited overs), I was amazed when he was left out of the team to India, exceptional batsman.

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