TITLE

Bresnan puts positive spin on England's Achilles heel

AUTHOR(S)
LAWRENCE BOOTH
PUB. DATE
October 2012
SOURCE
Daily Mail;10/26/2012, p93
SOURCE TYPE
Newspaper
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
TIM BRESNAN has defended England's record against spin as Alastair Cook's side prepare to tackle India's slow bowlers in their own back yard. Each of England's three trips to Asia in 2012 has exposed their old Achilles heel of batting against spin on lifeless tracks. The Indian selectors have acknowledged as much by failing to name a single front-line slow bowler for the India A side which take on England in the first of three warm-up games, starting in Mumbai on Tuesday. But Bresnan (below), who will be fighting for the No 8 position for the first Test in Ahmedabad on November 15, told Sportsmail: 'Our struggles against spin have been massively exaggerated. 'I don't think there's anything too wrong about the way we play when it comes to spinners. 'It's one of those things you know can become an issue if you get out to them. But we have to accept spinners sometimes get wickets on spinning tracks, and not let that put us off our gameplan.' The evidence so far this year suggests that the gameplan needs some work. England were humiliated by Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman in the UAE in January and February, when they lost the Test series 3-0. They then allowed Sri Lanka's slow leftarmer Rangana Herath to take 12 wickets during the defeat at Galle in March, before Kevin Pietersen's superb 151 squared the series in Colombo. And they looked clueless in the World Twenty20 last month against India's second-choice spinners, Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla, who took six for 25 between them in eight overs. England were dismissed for 80. Four county spin bowlers � James Tredwell (Kent), Scott Borthwick (Durham), Simon Kerrigan (Lancashire) and Azeem Rafiq (Yorkshire) � have been sent to the England training camp in Dubai to help Cook's side prepare. But Bresnan, who arrived there yesterday with his teammates, insisted England could draw strength from Samit Patel's stylish 67 off 48 balls in the World Twenty20 Super Eight defeat by Sri Lanka. Mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis took none for 40 in four overs, with Patel hitting the Sri Lankan for 26 from only 15 balls.
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