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Graeme Swann backs Indian wrist spinners to do well in England 

The Men in Blue will visit England between July to September for a long tour

Graeme Swann
Graeme Swann. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Specsavers)

Wrist spinners have become an integral part of the playing XI of most of the nations after the 2015 World Cup. Captains know the importance of having a wrist spinner in the lineup as he has the ability to pick wickets irrespective of the pitch conditions. Whether it is Imran Tahir for South Africa or Yuzvendra Chahal for India, the wrist spinners have delivered for their respective nations.

While many nations are looking to find one top quality wrist spinner, India is blessed to have two excellent wrist spinners. The duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have impressed everyone so far. They add variety to the attack as one is a left-armer while the other is a right-arm bowler. India is set to tour England next month and the duo will be looking to exploit the conditions there as well. Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann has backed Indian wrist spinners to exploit England’s batters during the much-anticipated series.

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Match winners in both sides

Swann has warned England about the quality possessed by the Indian spinners. Yasir Shah did exceedingly well in England last year which shows that English batsmen are not good players of wrist spin.

“The trick is that in England you’ve to get people on the front foot, because the wicket’s slightly slow, so as soon as you’re slightly short, you get murdered around the ground. Why Yasir did really well for Pakistan is that he bowled quick leg spin… didn’t allow batsmen to go on the backfoot. So, if they heed the advice of Shah, they could have a very good time.” Swann was reported as saying by PTI.

The former off-spinner also added that Stuart Broad and James Anderson will be the key players for England in their series against India. If the Indians manage to play them well, the series will become a one-way traffic. But it is not easy to face them and the duo are vastly experienced in home conditions.

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