Ind vs Eng 3rd Test – Left arm spin again exposes England batting: Once again it got proved that England batting doesn’t have skills to play a left-arm orthodox spinner. England on Wednesday collapsed for 112. The wrecker in chief was Axar Patel whose left arm spin literally derailed England’s wagon.
Patel scalped 6 wickets.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan hit out at the visitor’s performance saying “that they don’t have enough skilled players for these conditions and playing Left Arm Spin is their biggest weakness”
Axar Patel derails England – England can’t play LEFT ARM SPINNER: England seemed to have no answer to the onslaught of bounce and turn in an exhibition of how not to bat on the subcontinent against a left arm spinner.
- England were outplayed by the spin attack from Axar Patel aided by Ravichandran Ashwin
- The two spinners took 9 of the 10 wickets on the day. Axar took 6/38 in 21.4 overs, Ashwin returned figures of 3/26. Veteran pacer Ishant Sharma, who is playing in his 100th Test, also chipped in with one wicket.
- The England first innings lasted only 49 overs.
- Axar Patel also wrecked England in the 2nd test with a fifer on debut.
This is not the first time England batsman has kneeled down against the Left Arm Spinner in Axar’s mould –
England vs Axar Patel in 2nd Test: Axar Patel had also troubled the England batsmen in the second Test held in Chennai. The 27-year-old had picked seven wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the second innings. Axar had dismissed England skipper Joe Root in both innings. He also dismissed Sibley, Ollie Pope, Moeen Ali, among others.
England vs Lasith Embuldeniya: Earlier, Sri Lanka’s Lasith Embuldeniya—slow left-arm orthodox bowler—had scalped 15 wickets in Tests against England. England averaged just 27.66, 12 of whom were from their top 6 in the batting order. The openers, Crawley and Sibley, had fared the worst averaging just 6.57.
England vs Ravindra Jadeja: England also breathed a sigh of relief as Jadeja got ruled out of the test series. Jadeja’s slow left arm spin has troubled England on various ocassions – especially in Indian conditions. Jadeja in 6 tests in India against England has scalped 27 English wickets which clearly shows LEFT ARM SPIN is England’s big weakness.
With the horiffic display in Ahmedabad against the Left Arm spin – it will be good if England batsman follows Kevin Pietersen advice. Pietersen had asked the England openers to read Rahul Dravid’s 2004 mail on how to tackle spin ahead of the Test series, especially how to tackle the left arm spinners.