Nothing headline of the day from the BBC
"Root may be Ashes sledging target".
In other news the Beeb would like to report that he may or may not make runs, and that England may or may not win
"Your averages, captain, coaches and players can probably survive incompetence over a relatively short series, so if youíre going to be rubbish, make sure itís against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand or someone."
Yeah, pretty nothing news article based on two, likely unrelated comments from James Pattinson:
I imagine he probably will be a target, but I just hope he doesn't go full Ravi Bopara on us and completely flop in the Ashes. I don't think he will though. Ravi was fortunate to come in off the back of 3 nice hundreds but against an incredibly weak, unmotivated West Indies attack, and has been shown to not have the technique or the mentality to hold up to Test cricket. Root though looks like he's got the mentality, has already made runs against good sides, and got some runs under pressure. I just hope he doesn't buckle under the pressure of the series, and flops, would be awesome if he could have a good series. I'd much rather watch a lot of Cook and Root batting together during the series ahead of Cook and Trott!Pattinson said: "There is an art to sledging these days. You have to pick the ones you sledge to.
"Obviously there is going to be pressure on Root. He has done well at six but [moving up the order] will be a new challenge for him."
Originally Posted by CricinfoOriginally Posted by Cricinfo
There are two colours in my head
In terms of the spinners they've played at home Lyon is up against Bruce Martin, Tahir and Mishra. Not a lofty hurdle to clear.
Tbf about 40 of those were in 05 when it was basically only him and Binga for half the tests.
In the last 5 years, the only frontline spinner to average under 30 against England in England is Saeed Ajmal, who took 12 wickets at 29.41. Hauritz averaged 32, Shakib 34.75, Harris 42.25, Tahir 47.25, Herath 49.83, Narine went wicketless in 1 Test and Mishra averaged 100+. Even if you extend it back an extra 2 years, Vettori is the only extra addition to the sub-30 average list, taking 12 wickets at 26.91. I'd say England have played the spin they've encountered at home pretty well of late. Just a bit embarrassing that Bell, Anderson and Compton chucked their wickets away against Williamson, giving him an average of 24. Other than that, England's record against spin at home in the last 5 years is very good.
Just can't really see England doing that at home again. Monty not been on good form either this year has he?
Tom Craddock for second spinner
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