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England fast bowler turns into off-spinner to avoid WTC Points dock


Very rarely we see bowlers changing their regular bowling type. In the ongoing Pink Ball Adelaide Test match, medium-pacer Ollie Robinson donned the spinner’s hat and bowled a few overs of off-spin. Having gone with the wrong team selection without a specialist spinner on a spinning track, England is without a quality attack even with the return of Anderson and Broad.

Seeing that the wicket was spinning, Joe Root eaerlier tried his hand and bowled 20 overs for 72 runs and 1 wicket in the 1st innings. With defeat appearing on the horizon for the English side, the visitors want to ensure of not losing any more points due to slow over-rate which would be like rubbing salt on the wounds. Earlier, the likes of Warne and Ponting mentioned that Nathan Lyon would be very effective on this wicket and he proved them right by bowling in the right patch and ultimately dismissing three key wickets in his 28 overs.

England wary of not losing more points in the World Test Championship Cycle

Concerns would have been there too in the back of the minds of the English team about the slow over-rate. The visitors were fined eight points in the World Test Championship table in the first test. England had suffered from losing points in the previous World Test Championship cycle also. However, with five pacers in the team for this match, it did not help England’s cause as fast bowlers take more time than spinners to complete the overs.

Fox Commentators revealed that Robison has a fair bit of experience in bowling spin as he has bowled close to 26 overs in first-class matches. Root in a desperate move to prevent slow over rate, also brought Dawid Malan to bowl quick leg spinners.

England is with Dom Bess and Jack Leach as spinners on the tour. Jack Leach went for plenty in the 1st test. Although Root admitted in the post-match press conference that his field setting for the spinner could have been better, he did not include him in the playing eleven for the second test.

Australia at the time of writing this post has amassed a mammoth lead of 402 runs and the home side would be looking to bring the English batters out by late evening. Shane Warne wanted the Australians to enforce the follow on considering the damage that Anderson did in a similar situation at the last Pink- ball test in Adelaide in 2017 where the bowler ripped apart the Australian batting in the second innings. But due to the vast first-innings lead, Australian bowlers were able to all-out the English batters. The Pink Ball is known to cause trouble under the lights and Australia would try to declare and pick up a couple of wickets, if not more before the end of Day 4.

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