Sachin’s Ashes Stars and the Worlds Best Spinner?

15 06 2010

Sachin’s Key Ashes Men

High praise yesterday for Eoin Morgan from none other than the great Sachin Tendulkar. Talking about the Ashes and Australia’s relative vulnerability at the moment, Tendulkar, asked to highlight the players he thought would be key when England tour down under this Summer, mentioned Strauss, KP, Graeme Swann and Eoin Morgan. The other three are self explanatory but it is a surprise to hear the great man mention Morgan.

Apparently it is Morgan’s composure and his ability to control the pace of his innings that he likes. Many commentators have raised doubts about a possible flaw in the Irishman’s technique on balls on or around off stump yet it is a fairly major accolade to have Sachin mention you; especially given Morgan’s modest first class record and reserve batsman status.

The Worlds Best Spinner?

Interestingly he also mentions Swann which appears to give credence to the argument that the Nottinghamshire man is one of the top spinners in world cricket at the moment Рwhatever the format. Indeed with the possible exception of Daniel Vettori we cannot see anyone else who consistently  challenges batsman both home and away. Harbhajan Singh is effective at home but less so elsewhere; Muralitharan looks like he has lost his old zip off the wicket (in 2009 he only took 26 wickets at 45 each); Mendis has been found out and the only other three spinners in the top ranked 20 bowlers, Shakib Al Hasan, Paul Harris and Danish Kaneria all tend to bowl a lot of overs for their wickets.

It is still relatively early days for Swann as he has only played 20 tests but his game isn’t going to change now after a decade of honing it in county cricket and there is no reason why he should not play for another 3-5 years and end up with 250 plus wickets.

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