Strauss believes the media have taken this claim too far
Former England Test captain Andrew Strauss believes that the growing criticism about the national team’s problems against spin bowling are so “wide of the mark”.
Strauss noted that during his international career, which spanned for nearly a decade, England have never had any major problems against spin bowling.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mirror, Strauss said: “I personally believe they are wide off the mark because although there have been times we haven’t played spin that well, it is not a trait that I think we are worse than others at, in all my time playing for England, I don’t think we’ve been any better or worse than any non-subcontinent team at playing spin bowling.”
In fact, Strauss believes that England are one of the best non-subcontinent sides when it comes to playing spinners.
“In some ways I think we’ve been a lot better so this perception has created a momentum of its own and this is a chance for the players to rid the casual observer of it, they’ve not won there since the early 80s and it is a massive undertaking with four Test matches and a relatively younger side. This is a chance to show that some of the perceptions about English cricket and spin bowling and all that sort of stuff are wide of the mark,” Strauss added.