Australia want the one they can’t have

Australia want the one they can’t have Nearly six years after Shane Warne retired from Test cricket, Australia are still desperately searching for his replacement. Just look at Fawad Ahmed, a Pakistani asylum seeker to Australia who, soon after gaining asylum had a BBL contract with the Melbourne Renegades. Why? Because he’s a leg-spinner. Never…

The new spin kings of the Caribbean

It’s six years since England last toured the West Indies for a Test series and since then the ongoing development in West Indies regional cricket has continued to be towards the spinners. Thirty years ago every regional team had two or three decent pacers, now each plays at least two spinners. Times have changed. In…

Borthwick’s chance to bring a new balance to England

2014 will be a year of transition for England. As many as three players may make their Test debuts at Sydney in the Fifth Ashes Test, and it’s likely Scott Borthwick will be one of them. Borthwick looks on the surface to be the multi-dimensional cricketer perfect to replace a man as pivotal as Swann,…

Embrace the ambidextrous

Embrace the ambidextrous Just imagine this. A crafty young mystery spinner bounces towards the crease. Think Akila Dananjaya. He’s the Sri Lankan who claims to be able to bowl all the balls, and who knows, maybe he can. His ESPNCricinfo profile proclaims that he is “able to deliver a legbreak, googly, carrom ball, doosra and…

Everything’s coming up Bishoo

Devendra Bishoo is another leg-spinner who makes me (wrongly of course) feel like I could be a Test bowler. Bryce McGain and Pravin Tambe made me feel like I had time left, that not being in age group sides, or even playing a great standard of club cricket was no barrier to eventually playing Test…

Hometown glory for Shillingford

Shane Shillingford is not a glamorous spinner. He’s never been picked in the IPL auction, he’s never had overwhelming success at any level, but slowly and surely he’s establishing himself as West Indies’ premier spinner. He could have considered himself unlucky to have been dropped for the effervescent Sunil Narine, not long after taking the…

Inverarity is wrong about the doosra

And so is everyone who says you can’t bowl it without chucking. I’ve changed my mind a little over this debate. My biggest post in terms of hits (86) with was this one, about Saeed Ajmal and my opinion that he chucks his doosra. In one sense I haven’t changed my mind, I still think…