>still continues to get wickets at crucial points. But a leg-spinners' success
>is usually in the initial test matches when the batsmen cant read his
>deliveries. But as the series proceeds, his strike rate is bound to go down.
>In 85 against India, England lost the first test miserably thanks to a young
>leg-spinner called L.Sivaramakrishnan. In fact siva took 6 wickets each in the
>first three England Inningses of the test series as well as destroyed them in
>their practice Match with India XI (Under- 22) But as the series proceeded,
>the English batsmen started reading his line and the tide turned because India
And after a short break from Siva's bowling, England suffered a
relapse, with their premier batsman (the one with the blond curly hair
and a left-handed stance) was out to Siva on a full toss in the
mini-World Cup following the above series ? A plausible theory... NOT!
>had nothing else to offer. Okay one can argue whether Hughes is better than
>Kapil or if May is better than Maninder or Shastri, but I think the similarity
^^^^^^ Maybe Kapil is WORSE than Hughes, because Kapil was dropped after
India lost the Delhi test in the series you talk about. Or was Gavaskar
just trying to go better than our late colonial masters in terms of
shabby politics? (Insert as many smilies as you need to cool down :
touchy topic, both the dropping and the colonialism)
>in the two situations is clear. And remember, even then no one gave England a
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Very clear, with the aid of a foggy memory.
>chance(They were coming fresh from one of the black-washes). Some of the
>batsmen who made a difference, Gatting and Gooch are still around and
Well, well, well, well! Graham Gooch toured SA after his
1981 tour to India. He was not on the 1984-85 England tour to India, for
all sorts of reasons (well, mostly political, which is why maybe he
is now getting his own back by keeping a gem of a deserving character
out in the chill cold of the English summer).
England's openers in 84-85 were Tim Robinson (Essex?) and Graeme
Fowler (who became a great batsman after scoring 200 in Madras; anybody
know where HE is now ? Dexter might want to bring him back), a right-left
combination (Fowler was left-handed (Another point in his favour for the
current series : anybody but Gower) and had quite an annoying habit of
playing this loose cut between the slips).
>beginning to look good again. The England top order did quite okay in the
>second innings and if history is any indication, they will continue to get
>better. Australia will need experienced fast bowlers to make the
^^^^^^^ History like the `blackwashes' and that '81 series where all
matches were drawn after India won the first test in Bombay.
England don't have a hope this time. Even Gower might not help
How about luring Hughes and Warne to the Brighton beach and
having a bobby passing by notice some reefers lying around ? :-) Or has
somebody else already thought of that one ? :-) Lobsters then ? Prawns ?
Shrimps ? A new shaving cream ? Jai Maharaj (for those from SCI) ?
Again, ANYTHING, but their highest test runs scorer ; whatsisnamenow ?
>letting England off the hook at Trent Bridge.