Former England spinner Graeme Swann wants left-arm spinner Jack Leach to bowl a ‘boring’ line and length to be successful in the ongoing four-match Test series against India. England spinners Jack Leach and Dominic Bess will be bowling in India for the first time, and it will be a huge task for them. They bowled really well in the recent series against Sri Lanka picking up 22 wickets together in the two-Test series.
Graeme Swann was instrumental in England’s successful tour of India in 2012 winning the series 2-1. He partnered with Monty Panesar to create havoc among the Indian batsman and they were simply unplayable. Dominic Bess and Jack Leach are pretty inexperienced when compared to the likes of Panesar and Swann, but if they bowl in the right areas consistently, they will reap benefits.
Graeme Swann Says The Blueprint For Jack Leach
Graeme Swann wanted Jack Leach to bowl a ‘boring’ line and length consistently against the Indian batsman to be successful. He referred to Rangana Herath who runs and bowls up in the same areas again and again and told the England bowlers to follow the same. He praised Jack Leach for not giving away too many runs generally and holding up one end which becomes really necessary in these conditions.
“Moeen Ali is the only left-arm spinner, who runs up and pitches it on the stumps. I’d tell him very simply to watch what Herath used to do for Sri Lanka.
“That’s the blueprint for Leach: run up, put it on the spotbe metronomic, and be almost deadly boring in the way he operates in India,” Swann, who was the leading wicket taker in India’s last series defeat at home,” Graeme Swann was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNcricinfo’.
“India’s batsmen will respect a good ball, and he doesn’t bowl very many bad ones. Generally, Indian batsmen will play the long game. That’s brilliant for him because it gives him the chance to get into a rhythm and find his groove. He can definitely be consistent enough to hold down an end,” he added
Dominic Bess Will Come Good In The Future
Graeme Swann doesn’t expect the same consistency shown by Jack Leach with Dominic Bess as the off-spinner is very young. Swann told that Bess will have to bowl a lot more overs in test cricket which will get him into the groove and he has shown faith in the youngster to come good in the future.
“The fact that Dom is still young and hasn’t bowled a great number of overs in his life means that he’s not as consistent as he might be in the future. It’s a tricky one, because Bess is a wicket-taker,” Graeme Swann said.
“He didn’t bowl particularly well in Sri Lanka and I think he’d admit that, but he took 12 wickets and he does bowl wicket-taking balls,” he added.
Graeme Swann was the leading wicket-taker for England in their famous series win in 2012.