5th test preview: England have to play one of the debutants

March 5, 2009 at 11:14 am 1 comment


Uncapped duo Amjad Khan and Adil Rashid could both be in line to make their debuts in the must win encounter at the Queens Park Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad. England approach the match needing to win the final test match to secure a series draw and retain the Wisden trophy. With England in desperate need to secure 20 West Indian wickets, changes will surely be made to the bowling line up. The wicket at the Queens park stadium promises to be another flat track, highlighting England’s need to approach the game with 5 bowlers. Both Rashid and Amjad Khan must fancy their chances of earning a debut with the other front line bowlers so far failing to impress. Sidebottom’s need for swing is likely to cost him his place, he doesn’t seem to have the cutting edge required to take sufficient wickets on a flat track. Harmison has so far failed to show the form displayed on his last visit to the Caribbean, struggling to bowl wicket taking deliveries as well as struggling to cope with the conditions. Panesar was given one chance in the first test but failed to take wickets while Benn thrived in the conditions. Out of the three, the most likely for a recall is Panesar, but the England camp and media seem to have lost faith with the finger spinner and he may find himself ignored again.

With Prior’s return to the team, he will take up the spot at number six, meaning that either Ravi Bopara or Owais Shah is likely to make way for the fifth bowler. Rashid is likely to pip Panesar in the second spinners slot, in place of the one dimensional Sidebottom. Andy Flower gave a big hint that Harmison is not going to be recalled for the final test leaving the path wide open for Amjad Khan. These are the changes that England desperately need. Amjad Khan, a wicket taking bowler, something that England need on a flat track. Rashid’s leg spin is always a dangerous weapon. He hasn’t got to the stage where he has fully mastered the leg-spin, and can turn the ball on every surface but he is likely to be a handful. He will also take some pressure and workload off the impressive Graeme Swann, struggling with an elbow injury. Bopara or Shah will be unlucky to miss out, and the experience of Sidebottom or Harmison could be missed, but theses are the sacrifices the England team to take to secure the final test match.


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  • 1. Tohmas  |  March 6, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Dear Blogmaster,

    Hey, can you tell me England ODI details (dates and venues) please.

    Khan is expected to come in, but Harmy does also deseve another chance.


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