A statistical look at England’s second spin bowling options

September 16, 2008 at 10:33 am 1 comment

 With the tour to test tour to India to get under way in 2 months I took a look at the second spin bowling options available to the selectors. On most Indian surfaces there is likely to be two spinners played to make best use of the turning pitches. Panesar already has the first spot and the second spot is still up for grabs.

Greame Swann
Is most people’s favourite for the second spinner spot. The Nottinghamshire allrounder has had a good season so far for his county and is pushing for a England spot. Swann has missed a handful of games for Notts while on England duty but has took 25 wickets at an average of 24.48. That compares with 477 wickets at a average of 32.86 in first his class cricket career. The second spinner position could be decided by the batting abilities of the batsmen. Swann averages 38.0 this season, scoring 418 runs, with 3 50s and a high score of 68. If the selection is made purely on bowling abilities then Swann will be favourite, after bowling well in the county championship and in the ODI matches he featured in. He has the ability to spin the ball into left handers and is good at varying his pace and pace and also processes a arm ball.

Samit Patel
If Patel is picked as the second spinner it would be because of a mixture of good batting and a good start to his international career. Patel for Notts is used occasionally as the fifth or sixth bowler in the attack and has only taken 9 wickets this season at an average of 36.77. Patel is only likely to be included if England decide to go into a match with 4 bowlers and Samit Patel’s, paul collingwood’s and Kevin Pietersen occasional bowling. His batting stats demonstrate that he is still finding his feet in the longer game having scored just one 100 and 5 50s at an average of 45.86.

Adil Rashid
The Yorkshire legspinner is a player with a high potential and surely one to be a key part in Englands test future. Many believe that this tour may come too soon for Rashid who was named in England’s performance squad this summer. The statistics show Adil Rashid as the best spinner amomng the three, having took 47 wickets this year so far at an average of 31.57. Impressive figures for a young England spinner, but what makes the choice of Rashid even more tempting is the fact that he is a Legspinner. England haven’t had a good legspinner for more than a while so this player is someone who fans want to see in a England shirt. Rashid is also a useful batsmen who averages 30.42 in his overall first class career. Although his batting has struggled this term scoring 377 runs at a average of 18.85. But he is sure to be England’s front line spinner in the future, a couple of games in India as the second spinner surely won’t hurt, but England may opt for experience and so Swann looks the more likely choice.

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  • 1. Steve Houghton  |  September 16, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    I agree with Swann being the favourite but I think that swann is the safe option, I would like to see a risk taken with Rashid in the team.


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