Long Live the Kings of Spain

Since Graeme Swann’s retirement, England has used twelve spinners. Seven made their debut, three have only played one test match, two were batsmen, and one was Samit Patel.

Jack Leach bowling for Somerset, with Samit Patel at the non-striker’s end. Image Source: The Guardian

Have you heard the one about the guy who invented the revolving door?

Moeen Ali has done a good job, despite being picked for his batting. Image source: Sky Sports
After his bowling in Sri Lanka 2018, one could be forgiven for thinking England had finally found a test spinner. Instead, Leach bowled 52 overs in 2020 and has only just returned to the test team. Image source: Sky Sports
Dom Bess represents all that England like in players. He can bat, he can field, and he has a certain attitude that attracts the England management — his bowling is secondary. Image source: Cricxtasy

A question of value

Young English spinners don’t receive much encouragement from the treatment of spinners in the country. Image source: ECB
Sam Curran has been the beneficiary of a system uncomfortable with anything that isn’t a medium-pacer or a batsman — or both! Image source: The Telegraph

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