ENG­LAND’S LACK OF SPIN LAMENTED

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

FOR­MER cap­tains Michael Ather­ton and Nasser Hus­sain said Eng­land’s spin­ners had been shown up by Me­hedi Hasan af­ter the teenager bowled Bangladesh to their first Test match win. The 19-year-old off-spin­ner took six for 77 as Bangladesh beat Eng­land by 108 runs in Dhaka on Sun­day to square the twom­atch cam­paign at 1-1. When Hasan ended the match by hav­ing last man Steven Finn lbw for a duck it meant Eng­land, 100 with­out loss at tea on the third day, had col­lapsed to 164 all out. “It says every­thing about the dearth of good slow bowlers in Eng­land that the four they have cho­sen in this two-Test series have all been com­pre­hen­sively out­bowled by a 19-year-old new­comer,” said Hus­sain in his Daily Mail col­umn. “Me­hedi Hasan had never played Test cricket be­fore Chit­tagong (the first Test) but he took 19 wick­ets in the series and looked on a dif­fer­ent level to Eng­land’s spin­ners, whether it was a 39-yearold in Gareth Batty or a debu­tant in Za­far An­sari.”

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