Squar­ing up Alam’s bat­ting stance has not been seen since days of Chan­der­paul and Wil­ley

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Second Test -

When he walked out to bat for the first time in Test cricket since 2009, Fawad Alam did so with a stance not seen in the five-day game since Shiv­nar­ine Chan­der­paul’s Test ca­reer ended in 2015, and one that no Eng­land Test player has used since Peter Wil­ley (right).

Be­fore each de­liv­ery, Alam (far right) stands com­pletely square on, his chest fac­ing the bowler and ex­pos­ing his stumps. Yet by the time the ball is de­liv­ered, Alam’s stance is con­ven­tional enough: he thrusts his left shoul­der for­ward to get into a more typ­i­cal po­si­tion to hit the ball. But he failed to hit his fourth ball, from Chris Woakes, and fell lbw for a duck af­ter a suc­cess­ful Eng­land re­view.

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