By Amlan Chakraborty
NEW DELHI, Jan.29 (Reuters) – The sweep may be a convenient way to nullify the spinners, but Joe Root and his men will need to use it wisely in the next round of tests against India, the England assistant coach Graham Thorpe.
India has often subjected touring crews to a spin test and drummers who can play the sweep performed better on these rotating tracks.
Thorpe called it a “handy shot to have” but cautioned that touring drummers can’t just start sweeping in plain sight of spinners.
“Sometimes the surface may not turn right away in India,” Thorpe said on a video conference from Chennai which hosts the series opener from Feb.5.
“Sometimes the game can stretch and they can start to turn on day three or beyond day three.”
“Understanding when and how to operate with the sweeping stroke is important in order to be able to maneuver the court, placing the field players in places where maybe the bowler really doesn’t want them, which then gives you another opportunity to rotate the strike. “
Former test batsmen felt England did not need to look past skipper Joe Root for a role model on how to play the kick.
“I think he’s putting himself in a good position,” Thorpe said.
“I think he looks for the line and the length of the delivery, then chooses where he’s able to put it – there’s a fine sweep, a square sweep, and a slog sweep.
“Being in a great position to execute is key to it all.”
Thorpe also warned his team not to underestimate India’s pace attack, led by Jasprit Bumrah.
“The problem with Indian bowling’s attack is that it’s not just about the spin. Their stitching attack is also strong,” he said.
“From that point of view, we don’t have to be completely left behind by the spin side of things.”
Chennai hosts the first two games with the following two, including a pink ball test, scheduled for Ahmedabad.