England bowlers lacking quality – Changes needed

December 16, 2008 at 11:49 am 1 comment


India recorded an unlikely 6 wicket victory over England in the first test despite being set a record 387 to win. After being in command for 3 and a half days, a win for England looked the most likely result and the team will deservedly come into criticism. England captain Kevin Pietersen could be blamed for the defeat with some wrong key decisions but that would be harsh, while the positions of Bell, Anderson, Harmison and Panesar will come under the microscope.

The pitch in Chennai was supposed to favour to spinners with England selecting both Panesar and Swann. Swann started off well taking two wickets in his first over, while Panesar took 3 middle order wickets in the first innings. The problem however was the second innings. The pitch as expected offered the bowlers more turn but Panesar was again guilty of failing to make use of the conditions. This was the same story in Sri Lanka last year when he again failed to take the expected wickets in favourable conditions. One criticism of his bowling is his lack of variation, almost every ball was delivered at the same pace, the same line and same flight. He didn’t have the variation showed by Swann to find the delivery which was awkward for the batters, with the bounce on offer. The fact that he can’t field or bat could count against him with calls for Adil Rashid’s introduction getting louder each day as Monty shows little signs of improvement.

Apart from Swann and Flintoff, who bowled with little reward, the England bowling was poor. Harmison, an experienced test bowler, had no answer to Sehwag’s assault and when there is little bounce or pace on the pitch he doesn’t seem to be able to take wickets. Anderson has also struggled, with the pitches offering him little and has struggled to bowl against Sehwag. With Broad’s return from injury for the second test, I would like to see him come in for Anderson. Anderson has done well in the summer but with conditions not suiting him, it would be best for England if he is replaced for the next match. Broad also adds more stability to the England batting line up which is susceptible to a batting collapse. Amjad Khan also has a chance to come into the equation for the second test, with the Mohali pitch likely to offer more bounce and possibly some swing. However, Khan’s introduction could be the result of his ability to reverse swing the ball. Zaheer Khan was the only bowler that managed to conduce some reverse swing from the Chennai pitch, with the ball expected to reverse in Mohali, it could open up a debut for the former Danish international.


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  • 1. Jadu  |  December 18, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Mohali might help Monty. Defiantly its going to be a good match. Both the teams are worth watching.


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