England ready for spin ordeal

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ENGLAND say they will be well prepared for their ‘ordeal by spin’ when the First Test gets underway against India in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Their hosts have deliberately kept them away from quality spin bowling and prepared pitches which were particularly flat for the warm-up games so that England would have minimal practice of what they can expect come the Test matches.

Now, one of the Indian spinners, Ravi Ashwin, says he has been developing a ‘mystery’ delivery and he could unveil it in the Tests.

England assistant coach Richard Halsall said the batsmen had been preparing well for what’s to come.

“We’ve managed to get enough high-pressure, quality practice into the batsmen off the field so that they feel ready for the First Test,” he said. “It’s not a concern, but it has been quite odd that we haven’t faced the spin out in the middle, especially when there have been spinners playing. But we’ve been fortunate to have some exceptional net bowlers. Over here, you do get some exceptional players not in the games.”

Halsall also dismissed the claims of Ashwin’s ‘mystery’ delivery.

“We’ve heard it all before, the batsmen will treat each ball on its merits,” he said.

Meanwhile, the new on injured duo Stuart Broad and Steve Finn continued to get brighter. “They both looked fairly hostile in the nets,” Halsall said. “They both bowled very well. It’s fantastic to see where Steven is,” added Halsall.