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India series an open audition for England frontline spinners

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With England on the ropes once again, they are faced with the prospect of a touring India side, but it is not the spin bowling unit of their formidable opponents that they are most concerned about.

If Peter Moores is to rejuvenate his side and return them to winning ways in his second spell in charge, then he needs to learn from the mistakes that were made during the Sri Lanka series.

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The absence of a frontline spinner at Lord’s and Headingley was telling, as Alastair Cook’s men lost on the penultimate ball of the decisive second Test.

Part-timers useful

Part-time spinners - as useful as Joe Root and Moeen Ali have proven - are less likely to win a match for a side, even when on a turning wicket. Someone with the panache of a Graeme Swann could have made the difference on the final day of the opening game.

But as such, the English batsmen had to face the wrath of Rangana Herath and lost a second consecutive Test series in the process.

Now it is time to make a decision on who is to lead England’s spin department, following the retirement of Swann. There are plenty of candidates, although few have much experience of playing in white for England.

Off-field problems

Monty Panesar would be the first choice in terms of Test match know-how, but the Essex spinner’s personal troubles continue to tar his on-field ability.

That would mean that the ECB have to direct their attention to their limited-overs international teams, or to the County Championship. Those players who represent England in ODIs and T20s are more likely to be known around the dressing room.

James Tredwell has now played more than 50 times for England, and has proven time and again that he can be relied on. Economic bowling with a steady stream of wickets has aided his country on numerous occasions.

Past it?

The one letdown would be with the spinner’s contemporary form with a red ball in hand. Having been displaced at Kent by youngster, Adam Riley, he has recently been on loan with Sussex.

Some more playing opportunities could help him to rediscover his touch in the longer format of the game though, making him more employable in Test cricket.

Second chances?

Tredwell has already won one cap, and England may opt to look to the past to fill the lower-order void. Simon Kerrigan and Scott Borthwick could also be given second chances to exhibit their effectiveness on the world stage.

For whoever gets the nod for the First Test at Trent Bridge on July 9, they will be given a great opportunity to showcase their skills, and potentially hold down a permanent spot in the England Test side.

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Sri Lanka cricket
England cricket
India cricket
Monty Panesar
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Graeme Swann

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