England spinners need to be composed, Leach to play a fundamental role against India: Graeme Swann, the former off-spinner needs England’s tweakers to remain composed for their cricket tour to India in February.
The spin duo of Leach and Dom Bess had five-wicket hauls in England’s win within the first Test match in opposition to Sri Lanka but turned wicket-less in Srilanka’s first innings of the continuing second test series in Galle.
Having picked up 60 of his 255 wickets in India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh at a median average of 25, the 41-year-old Swann, a veteran of 60 Test matches between 2008 and 2013, is conscious of the talents required to achieve sub-continent pitches.
“The one factor that I used to say to myself is, it’s going to spin and it does spin – even on day one the place they’re pretty flat pitches,” Swann stated on the Hussain and Key Cricket performances.
“If you happen to bowl nicely, particularly in opposition to India, they play you very respectfully. There’s not a Virender Sehwag in that current squad; Virat Kohli when he bats against the spinners waits for the perfect ball,” he stated.
“Current Indian squad is a very, very patient team but if you’re prepared to be patient and bowl all day you’ll take wickets,” he noticed.
“You might need to work very obstinately for them so you’ll lose some timber, which isn’t a bad factor.” The previous off-spinner stated Leach might be key to England’s success in India.
“Jack Leach is the one for me in India – he has to run up and be ready to bowl nothing but straight deliveries, pitching center stump and hitting the middle stump,” Swann suggested.
“If Jack Leach can do that and essentially tie one end up bowling 40 overs a day, then you may rotate the strike bowlers in (Mark) Wood, (James) Anderson, and (Stuart) Broad and get the opposite spinner attacking further,” he stated.
“I do assume this India squad is getting better and stronger. I honestly was pondering till I noticed the squad — sure, India is good but are they that good?”
England is touring India for a four-match Test series, starting February 5, accompanied by five T20 matches and three ODIs.