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    July 25, 2005

    Wanted - Leg-spinners for England, dead or alive!

    Terry Jenner, who is widely credited with having mentored a certain Mr. Warne in the art of bowling legspin, and not in becoming the joker that he stoops to playing so often, talks about why England rarely produce legspinners, how to groom them and more importantly, on the need to show more faith and patience.

    I tend to agree with him. Warne's initial numbers were quite horrible, as is evident from his career progress. But the Australian cricketing establishment, selectors, skipper Border, coach Bobby Simpson etc. saw something special in him and stuck with him. What turned his career was the three tailend wickets he got against Sri Lanka in 1992 when 17 runs were required with three wickets in hand. That performance went relatively unnoticed because it was after all against Sri Lanka. That ball in 1993 wasn't, because it was his first ball in an Ashes test.

    I really do doubt if England will be able to produce half-decent legspinners until they continue to inflict Ashley Giles upon opponents, media, spectators, audiences and viewers. The 'Wheelie bin' didn't bowl in Australia's first innings (fair enough!) and was belted for five an over when Australia started stamping their authority on the game.

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