Spin ‘message’ hampers England preparation
Alastair Cook admitted he wished that England had been confronted with more spin bowling as they completed their warm-up games ahead of the first Test of the series against India. While England’s captain declared himself satisfied with his team’s preparations, he did suggest that “a message” had been conveyed to the opposition to ensure the tourists were denied meaningful exposure to spin bowling ahead of the series.
A draw against Haryana meant England had drawn all three of their warm-up matches. But, although every batsman in England’s top-order has enjoyed a lengthy innings at some…
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