Bell and the rest of the England team have turned to taking pages out of Dravid’s book on how to combat spin bowling
Having come under heavy criticism for their struggles against spinners throughout the year, England batsman Ian Bell has admitted that the national team are closely studying how legendary Indian batsman Rahul Dravid tackled spin bowling.
Bell noted that the entire team was interested in learning how the Indian batting maestro was so successful against spin in all conditions.
“We are going through videos to analyse how Rahul Dravid had played spin, used his feet against them and utilised the depth of the crease to defend and attack them,” Bell said.
England wicketkeeper batsman Matt Prior has acknowledged that the national team’s upcoming four-Test series against India will be “closely-contested” and added that all the batsmen will be looking to use the sweep shot against the Indian spinners.
“It depends on the batsmen and the bowler he is up against. If he feels that he is comfortable playing the sweep shot to negate spinners, then he may as well employ that. But, personally, I feel that it depends on the merit (length and trajectory) of the ball,” Prior said.
Prior knows that England’s record in India has been extremely disappointing to say the least, but he is hoping to end the dreadful streak during this series.
“Any Test series in India is a challenge. More so, when you look back and see that the last time you won was 28 years back. We will draw back from our previous experiences of having played here and try to avoid committing same mistakes again,” Prior added.
Prior also believes that England have more experience of what to expect heading into the first Test at Ahmedabad on November 15.
“We have a much more experienced team this time around. The likes of “(Kevin) Pietersen, (Ian) Bell, (Alastair) Cook, who have played here earlier, will help us immensely,” Prior said.
The wicketkeeper batsman noted that England would sorely miss former Test captain Andrew Strauss during this series since he was a great player of spin bowling.
“Strauss(y) is a class player. He’s won a lot of games for us. He had a wealth of experience of how to operate against spinners,” Prior added.
When asked about the injuries pace duo Steven Finn and Stuart Broad had sustained during the warm up matches, Prior said: “Broad’s injury was a lesser concern while Finn’s condition was being monitored.”