England v New Zealand: Peter Such issues spinner warning

England v New Zealand: Coach Peter Such says the hosts must strive for exellence in their spinning department

Harry Kemble
By Harry Kemble
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England spinner Graeme Swann Photo: The Sport Review

England’s spin bowling department is in rude health but they must continue to strive for excellence in the art, according to former national spinner Peter Such.

Graeme Swann – currently ranked number eight in the world – is ably backed by Monty Panesar, a consistent performer in the Test arena, while Kent’s James Tredwell, remains an ODI specialist, leaving England with options should they need back-up.

But Such, the ECB’s spin bowling coach, who played 11 Test matches through the 1990s, believes England must not rest on their laurels and should continue to search for talented twirlers.

“The health of spin bowling in the country is very good at the top level,” Such told ecb.co.uk.

“Graeme Swann is very high in the world rankings, Monty Panesar did an excellent job in the Tests in India and James Tredwell is exceptional in one-day cricket.

“So at that level we are pretty much well covered; what we need ideally is greater depth in the talent pool to get better young spinners into county cricket and hopefully pushing on to replace the Tredwells, Panesars and Swanns in the next five, eight years, whenever it is.”

Ideally, England will be looking to introduce a wrist spinner into the Test set-up to replace Swann, 34, and Panesar, 31, once the formidable pair have retired.

And, although, national selectors are not short of options with the likes of Yorkshire’s Adil Rashid and Scott Borthwick of Durham – both in good form this season – neither have shown the same levels of consistency that the aforementioned Swann and Panesar possess.

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