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Posted by: Farmer White
Date: 10/01/2018 20:24
An interesting and, in my view, sensible intervention from John Emburey on spinners and spinning pitches:


In my view many of the wickets to fall to Jack Leach and Dom Bess were due to opposition batsmen trying to play them whilst rooted to the crease when some foot movement would have left them much more in control of the stroke. Also when in defensive mode right handers playing at Jack Leach when he had clearly pitched outside off stump and edging a ball they had absolutely no need to play. Two of the three Middlesex wickets to fall on the third evening of the last match as far as i can recall went that way. I can still see Trott in another match probably in 2016 reaching so far forward to defend whilst trying to keep his back foot anchored in the crease that it was physically impossible for him to keep his heel down and being stumped.

There is a longer article on Cricinfo which also contains Emburey's comments about Somerset:


Whilst I fully support Lee Cooper's line on pitches this year because of the fear of points deductions I do think he should be pushing the Emburey line with the ECB.

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