In­di­a­bat­tingneeds re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion

Aus­tralia’s bat­ting may look weak with­out Smith and Warner but their bowl­ing attack can be ruth­less

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTSPORTSMAX - Ravi Shas­tri

done lit­tle in prepa­ra­tion for next year’s Ashes se­ries. It’s ex­pected se­lec­tors will pick a team to win the cur­rent se­ries but they also have to have one eye on the fu­ture. The Eng­land se­lec­tors have been myopic when it comes to the next Ashes se­ries.

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English­men to bask in the glory of Alis­tair Cook’s fairy­tale fin­ish to his ca­reer but this shouldn’t blind ev­ery­one to the team’s short­com­ings. Cook was more re­laxed hav­ing made his de­ci­sion to re­tire and that helped con­cen­trate his mind to pro­vide one last graft­ing mem­ory. How­ever those sug­gest­ing that Cook could have played on are com­pletely ig­nor­ing the blind­ingly ob­vi­ous ev­i­dence of the last 12 months — he was gone.

If it hadn’t been for the pal­try out­put from his open­ing part­ners, Cook could well have been omit­ted a num­ber of times in that pe­riod. He was for­tu­nate to sur­vive but he made his luck count by go­ing out on an ex­treme high and en­joy­ing the heart-felt warmth that the English pub­lic be­stowed upon him for his enor­mous con­tri­bu­tions to the team.

The se­lec­tors now need to un­cover two open­ing bats­men as Keaton Jen­nings’ flimsy de­fence won’t sur­vive against Aus­tralia’s premier pace attack.

Adding to Eng­land’s prob­lems they still don’t have a vi­able 3 4

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5/68 6/67 num­ber three. Against Aus­tralia’s pace attack Moeen isn’t the an­swer to the first drop headache and he also hasn’t had much suc­cess as an off-spin­ner in Ashes se­ries.

Con­se­quently, Eng­land’s pos­si­ble spin attack for the Ashes se­ries is far from set­tled as I don’t see Adil Rashid be­ing the an­swer. Whilst the Eng­land pace attack is good and per­formed bril­liantly against In­dia, it still lacks the op­tion of a gen­uine speed mer­chant.

At the un­der-19 level (in 2012) 3 4

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3/106 2/38 Jamie Over­ton ap­peared to be a pos­si­ble an­swer to that need. Fast and com­bat­ive he looked to have all the re­quire­ments but a se­ries of in­juries and lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties with the new ball at County level have hin­dered his progress. His se­lec­tion would re­quire brav­ery but it could reap big re­wards.

If ei­ther In­dia or Eng­land un­der­es­ti­mate Aus­tralia be­cause of their re­cent tra­vails they could well be pun­ished. I await the next few months with ea­ger an­tic­i­pa­tion.

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The Indian bat­ting, led by Vi­rat Kohli and Chetesh­war Pu­jara, will have to con­tend with Mitchell Starc & Co on Aus­tralia’s bouncy pitches.

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