Monday, March 15, 2010
Impressive stuff from Swann
Yes, I know that it is just Bangladesh, but Swann continues to impress me as a off spinner. He is a late developer, but since he made his debut for England against India he has gone from strength to strength.
Swann doesn't have the doosra, but gets a bit of drift, subtle variations in pace pace has the slider and that slider has troubled many batsmen. He also goes around the wicket and that helps him against the lefthanders as it forces the batsmen to play at more deliveries. It isn't a huge surprise that 44 of his 76 victims are lefties.
The young Finn too was impressive. He had a bad start which wasn't surprising as on his debut he must have been nervous, but once he got a few overs under his belt has bowled well for a 20 year old. I have been saying it for a while that Finn's ability to bowl a touch fuller may help him to be more successful than other taller bowlers who, have played for England in recent times like Broad, Tremlett and co. He also has good pace and as he is tall gets bounce, but it is his ability to bowl a fraction fuller which is going to stand him in good stead in the future.
Leaving Rahim's fighting knock, England as expected have dominated the test, but not enforcing the follow with England having a lead of over 300 against a team like Bangladesh is a bit hard to fathom.