Former England bowling coach Troy Cooley believes England bowling pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad will toughen the situations for Indian batsmen as they have been tested here before in 2014 where players like Virat Kohli and others were not able to score runs of their bat against the two fast bowlers. Both the fast bowlers, Broad and Anderson will be making their International comeback against India. They have taken wickets and are quite experienced with the circumstances here at Edgbaston.
“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.
“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 asserted.
On the other hand, England former bowling coach admitted that the clash against India will also test the senior England bowlers as they have been out of their form recently. “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.
Earlier the host won the ODI series by 2-1 after Joe Root’s special knock and Morgan’s helping hand made it possible for the home team to beat a top quality side like India.
(Inputs from Times of India)