Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

Geoffrey Boycott questions England’s ability to play spin

Geoffrey Boycott questions England s ability to play spin

Geoffrey Boycott believes that Samit Patel, who has played well against spin in warm-up games, needs to prove his mettle in Test cricket © Getty Images

London: Nov 16, 2012

 

Former captain Geoffrey Boycott has questioned England’s ability to play spin on the turning sub-continent pitches after they lost three quick wickets in the first Test against India in Ahmedabad.

 

After India declared at a mammoth 521 for eight on the second evening, opener Nick Compton, James Anderson and Jonathan Trott fell in the space of 13 balls to leave the visitors struggling at 41 for three at close.

 

“We haven’t really proved in our mind or in our technique that we can play spin. You can practise as much as you want, at as many bowlers as you want, in the nets, but when you’re out in the middle in a Test match there are four guys round the bat and you’re on nought – it’s a totally different game,” Boycott was quoted as saying by ‘BBC Sport’.

 

“Part of it’s in the head. Everything looks alright and suddenly we’re three down. We’ve had 18 overs of England batting and we’re talking about the follow-on, which tells us everything. It’s not looking good,” he said.

 

Compton made nine on his England Test debut before he was bowled through the gate by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who had Trott taken at short-leg after night-watchman Anderson fell in similar fashion to slow left-armer Pragyan Ojha.

 

Captain Alastair Cook will resume day three on 22, alongside the returning Kevin Pietersen (6).

 

“KP is a super player, Trott and Cook will graft and they’ve got big hearts,” said Boycott. “But I’m looking at three decent players and three big question marks.

 

“Compton was bowled between bat and pad. Samit Patel has played well against spinners in the warm-ups but has he done it in a Test match? Then there’s Ian Bell. He was all at sea against the Pakistanis (in the UAE earlier this year), and when he goes home there’s Eoin Morgan, the left-hander who didn’t do too well in the UAE,” he said.

 

England need another 281 runs to avoid follow-on with three full days to play.

 

“We’ve got two kids from Yorkshire (Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root) – they’ve never been on tour and never seen it turn like this. That doesn’t fill me with confidence when you’re facing 520,” said the former opener.

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014  at Dubai

Chennai Super Kings won by 7 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Sachin Tendulkar — the greatest batsman of India

Sachin Tendulkar: A timeless fairytale

Sachin Tendulkar: The child, the father, but sexy? Not quite

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab KXIP vs SRH KXIP vs SRH 2014 MS Dhoni Rajasthan Royals RR vs CSK 2014 Sanju Samson Sunrisers Hyderabad

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Live Scorecard IPL 2014: Match 11 of IPL 7 at Sharjah

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Free Live Streaming Online IPL 2014

Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians IPL 2014 Match 13 Preview: Confident Chennai clash with desperate Mumbai

Live Cricket Score IPL 2014: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) match 11 of IPL 7 at Sharjah

Ryan Harris may struggle to regain fitness before Pakistan tour

Sachin Tendulkar given out off a wrong replay on his birthday in IPL 2011

Happy birthday! A bouquet of CricketCountry’s best Sachin Tendulkar features

Sachin Tendulkar – The century of centuries in tweets

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Truecaller ties up with Tata Docomo to offer free premium services

Tim Cook takes a dig at Samsung, says it means much more to Apple to get it right than to be first

‘India well-poised to play constructive role in global net governance’

Tablets and phones are passé: Onesie, the Wi-Fi jumpsuit is the newest invention!

After condoms, what is Ranveer Singh’s next endorsement deal all about?

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Live Scorecard IPL 2014: Match 11 of IPL 7 at Sharjah

IPL 2014: Allan Donald believes every game is crucial

Varun Dhawan voted before celebrating his birthday!

Also on cricketcountry.com