English Bowling..(and tactics)

English Bowling..(and tactics)

Post by N. Mahasen » Wed, 10 Mar 1993 01:43:32

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>    Did it strike anybody else as strange that Gooch and the powers that be in the England team did not play Ian Salisbury (arguably the most successful of the spinners that England brought along, and definitely the steadiest) was not
>played in either of the last two one-dayers, inspite of England needing just onewin to clinch the one-day series ?

>    I would have thought, especially since the top order (especially Smith)
>had finally struck some form, Salisbury would have been played insteadof Dermot Reeve (who got taken for 57-odd in 9 in the 5th ODI and 62 off 8 (!)- chiefly
>courtesy Azhar it seems - in the 6th ODI). Now, i have nothing against Reeve :
>I watched him in the World Cup and he IS a pretty useful bits-and-pieces kind ofcricketer, and a pretty enthusiastic, too - but in the light of India's resur-
>gent batting having no major problems with the English pace attack, Salisbury
>would seem a pretty good bet. I have no info on his fielding, though his gritty
>batting should seem a plus....

>    Indian fans would also recall the general success of some pretty avg
>spinners viz. Gomes, Richards and Hooper ( and even Border ! ) when they pro-
>vided relief from a pre***ly pace-attack, prompting an all-out charge on
>the spinner and subsequent loss of wickets....

>    Not that I'm complaining against Salisbury's exclusion, being Indian
>[ :-) ] !! Just wondering if England's somewhat conservative and unadventure-
>some approach ends up costing them more than a few matches, including the WC
>final : I thought Pakistani flair won over English orthodoxy.

>    Discussions welcome.....[ :-) , :-) ] !!!

>    M ( sorry, no fancy sig. )

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>    "....Desperation is the English way ! " - Pink Floyd

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