England have a problem. A serious one.
Their spinners were frankly close to useless in the UAE, barring one excellent spell of bowling by Adil Rashid on the final afternoon of the First Test.
That seems an awful long time ago now.
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What has gone on since then has been nothing short of dreadful by England's three spinners Rashid, Moeen Ali and Samit Patel.
Their figures don't make for pleasant reading at all. They bowled a combined 196 overs, of which just 17 were maidens and took 13 wickets for 781 runs.
The fault shouldn't lie with them, though, as England's spin bowling cupboards have been bare for a long time and Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar's success just covered up for the combined failure of underperforming English county bowlers in reserve.
It's time alternatives to the current county system were looked at as Kevin Pietersen suggested.
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