London: Former England cricket team spinner Graeme Swann has said his country’s spinners will need to be patient in the test series against India. Apart from that, he believes that Jack Leach can play an important role on this tour.
The spin duo of Jack Leach and Dom Bess played a key role in England winning the first test match against Sri Lanka, but in the opening rounds of the second test match in Galle. I did not have a ticket office.
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Graeme Swann has taken 60 wickets out of his 255 test wickets in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and he knows what is important for success in the Indian subcontinent.
The 41-year-old former spinner said in a cricket program: “I always thought the ball spins and it spins even on a day when the ground is very level.”
He said, “If you play well against India in particular, they play you with the utmost respect. The current team does not have Virender Sehwag. When Virat Kohli plays spinners, they expect a bad ball.
Swan said, “The drummers in India are very patient, but if you’re willing to be patient and play all day with restraint, you will get wickets.” You might have to work really hard in front of them and your pace can go awry, which is not a bad thing.
The former spinner said Leach could play an important role in England’s success on the India tour. He said: “Among those who can be successful in India, I will also keep Jack Leach. He should play straight. He should play bowl, targeting the middle stump.
Swann said: “If Jack Leach can do that and play continuously at one end, you can spin your main bowlers Mark Wood, James Anderson and Stuart Broad and allow the other pitcher to attack.”
He said: “I believe this Indian team is constantly doing better. To be honest, until I see this team I will think the Indian team is good but is it really that good?