The lack of options available to Andrew Strauss as the Dutch batsmen ran riot earlier this week were obvious. Only Stuart Broad managed to cause any problems with pace and Graeme Swann could have done with more support in the spinning department.
Kevin Pietersen was forced to turn his arm over but Holland made light work of the part-time spinner. Despite having Ravi Bopara in the side, Strauss chose not to hand the ball to the Essex all-rounder, a decision maybe regretted by the skipper after the match.
Michael Yardy may have been sat in the pavilion wondering why he wasn’t given a start in a tournament where spin is expected to play such a major role. The left-armer has spent much of the summer carrying the drinks for England Down Under and has done well when given a chance in warm-up games and the one-day series and the ICC Cricket World Cup betting suggests he could do well.
Playing two spinners is a must for teams wanting to reach the latter stage of this tournament and Yardy needs to play this weekend against India. The Bangalore pitch has already shown massive signs of turn during the early part of this World Cup and England need to have more options than bringing on KP to chuck a few pies down.
India are blessed with an abundance of talent in regards spin bowlers and will likely line up with in-form spin duo of Piyush Chawla and Harbhajan Singh. The two looked good in India’s opening game victory against Bangladesh and will be looking to cause the English some problems this weekend.