ENG­LAND’S TRA­VAILS AGAINST SPIN

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Se­ries W 2008-09 30 2005-06 53 2001-02 50 1992-93 60 1984-85 60 Spin­ners 16 25 36 46 42 Wkts % 53.33 47.16 72.00 76.66 70.00

SWEPT OFF THEIR FEET

In 1971, leg-spin­ner BS Chan­drasekhar took 6/38 in the sec­ond in­nings (8/114 in the match) of the fi­nal Test at Oval to rout Eng­land for 101 and set up a four-wicket win, hand­ing In­dia their first Test se­ries win in Eng­land.

In­dia won 1-0 (2) Se­ries drawn 1-1 (3) In­dia won 1-0 (3) In­dia won 3-0 (3) Eng­land won 2-1 (5) In 1993, In­dia routed Eng­land 3-0 in the home se­ries, where the spin trio of Anil Kum­ble, Venkat­a­p­a­thy Raju and Ra­jesh Chauhan snared 46 of the 60 wick­ets. Leg-spin­ner Kum­ble emerged the chief wrecker with 21 scalps. In the 2001 home se­ries, which In­dia won 1-0, Kum­ble & Bhajji shared a match­win­ning haul of 15 wick­ets in the first Test in Mo­hali against Eng­land bats­men who were clue­less against spin even on a firm pitch.

SPIN WORK

But Eng­land will have plenty to adapt to. Against Pak­istan in UAE in early 2012, they were dis­man­tled by spin. But Cook said: “We've done a lot of work over the last 12 months, es­pe­cially since what tran­spired in the UAE.”

In fact, be­fore Eng­land landed here on Mon­day, they had a two-day camp in Dubai and the fo­cus was on tack­ling spin­ners on turn­ing wick­ets. “Yes, there was a fo­cus on play­ing spin­ners in Dubai,” said Flower.

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