CHENNAI: England is experiencing a warm summer with rains having stayed away for weeks now giving rise to a speculation that the wickets for the upcoming Test series against India could be fought on dry surfaces. While there are a few who feel India will be a handful on dry pitches, former England coach Troy Cooley backed the hosts to deliver in their backyard.
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“James Anderson and Stuart Broad can trouble the Indian batsmen. When England pitches get dry, reverse swing becomes the key. When the wicket is dry and the ball is not seaming as much, the reverse comes into play. England are masters in reverse swing in their country,” said Cooley, who is here as head coach of National Cricket Centre in Brisbane accompanying 12 players from the Australian Cricket Academy.
Cooley feels the Duke ball will aid reverse swing as it gets older. “The Duke ball does a lot when it becomes old. Duke ball is normally set for grassier and seaming surfaces. When it gets dry, the coating on the ball gets ripped off quickly, thereby giving an opportunity for it to reverse. And the squares will play a big part in roughing the ball,” Cooley mentioned.
Cooley believes the five-match series will be a test of endurance for Anderson and Broad. “The conditions are expected to be a little harder and drier. They have to bowl much faster, using the reverse swing. They have to put in more effort. It will definitely test their endurance,” he said.
With both Anderson and Broad returning from injuries, the bigger question remains – are they as strong a force as they were a few years ago? Cooley certainly feels so. “I think their numbers state that (they are the best in the business). Both are different. Broad is tall and hits the deck while Anderson swings it both ways. They cause batsmen more problems to solve. They know how to bowl and know how to use those conditions very well,” Cooley said.