London: Former England Cricket Team spinner Graeme Swann says that his country spinners will have to be patient in the Test series against India. Apart from this, he feels that Jack Leach can play an important role during this tour.
The spin duo of Jack Leach and Dom Bess played a key role in England’s win in the first Test match against Sri Lanka but the first innings of the second Test match in Galle He did not get a wicket.
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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 to succeed in the Indian subcontinent.
The 41-year-old former spinner said in a cricket program, “One thing I always told myself was that the ball would spin and it used to spin even on a day when the pitch was very flat.”
He said, ‘If you bowl well against India especially then they play you with full respect. The current team does not have Virender Sehwag. When Virat Kohli plays spinners, they wait for a bad ball.
Swann said, “India’s batsmen are very patient but if you are ready to be patient and bowl with full restraint then you will get wickets.” You may have to work very hard in front of them and your rhythm may go a little wrong which is not a bad thing.
The former off-spinner said that Leach can play an important role in England’s success on the tour of India. He said, ‘Among those who can get success in India, I will also keep Jack Leach. He should bowl straight. He should bowl by targeting the middle stump.
Swann said, “If Jack Leach can do that and bowls continuously from one end, you can rotate your main bowlers Mark Wood, James Anderson and Stuart Broad and allow the other spinner to attack.”
He said, ‘I believe that this Indian team is constantly doing better. To be honest, until I see that team, I will think that India’s team is good but is it really so good?