England ‘seek’ Merlyn’s help to counter Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep took 5 wickets against England in the last game. Image Source: BCCI

XtraTime Web Desk: Scared with the bowling of India’s star chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav the England batsmen seek help of Merlyn spin-bowling machine as they will practice with help of this machine during their practice session at Cardiff today.

As per England vice-captain Jos Buttler they are not in panic with Kuldeep after losing the opening T20I game by 8 wickets at the Old Trafford. Kuldeep claimed 5 wickets for 24 which included players like Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Joe Root.

With such bowlers scarce in England the best option is turn to Merlyn for assistance before Friday’s second game at Sophia Gardens. The technology was introduced in 2005 to replicate Shane Warne before that summer’s Ashes and its inventor, Henry Pryor, claimed it can “bowl any ball known to man”.

“Left-arm wrist-spinners seem quite hard to come by,” said Buttler, who top-scored with 69 in Manchester but was Kuldeep’s fifth victim. “One thing we can do is with Merlyn, to replicate the angle. It’s a very good machine to get used to that. But it was the first time some guys have faced Kuldeep and it may take one or two games, plus video.

“Old Trafford was one game and it’s T20. We are confident; we will stick to what has served us well, stay true to ourselves and come back hard at them in the next game.”


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