Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Spin bowlers improve with age

Graeme Swann is one of those spin bowlers who made an early impact, featuring in England Under-19 sides of the 1990s. He did not develop as quickly as one might have expected - indeed, I remember commenting that his replacing Robert Croft in the full England side was premature - but he certainly had a late flowering. This is demonstrated in his autobiography which Jonathan Calder reviews here.

That is why county selectors should have patience with young practitioners of the art. There is no substitute for learning in the middle and teams should be prepared to include bowlers who have not yet reached their full potential.

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