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“I’m not sure that too many mystery spinners come through our system anyway, but maybe that’s because we don’t necessarily develop it”
England limited overs coach Ashley Giles has called on the national team’s spinners to start experimenting with the doosra since it has the potential to be a highly effective and surprising weapon.
England have discouraged their spinners from bowling unorthodox deliveries in the past, which is why they struggle when facing bowlers like West Indies spinner Sunil Narine.
“We’ve got to be careful not to try and kill off some of our great talent,” Giles said. “I’m not sure that too many mystery spinners come through our system anyway, but maybe that’s because we don’t necessarily develop it. It’s something we certainly need to look at. It’s been an on-going thing for 10-15 years.
“We need to make sure that, when guys come into this environment, they have the skills to deal with spin and spin that goes both ways. A bit of that is playing on wickets that do turn. I actually believe wickets are spinning more and more in England. They’re getting drier and drier, which is maybe down to our new drainage systems.
“But it’s definitely a case that, when they come into this environment, we shouldn’t be teaching them new skills at that level. They should have some of that stuff ingrained, and then we fine-tune it.”