Hoping for turn, turnaround
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Michael Vaughan, The Telegraph
Rotate the strike
The basic way of playing spin is to rotate the strike. That way you make the opposition captain alter his field plans. When you play in India on slow pitches or on pitches that turn, you have got to be a bit more patient. It does not mean you have to always hit out of the ground or a four. If you use your feet to get to the pitch of the ball to smother the spin and hit it to long-off or long-on, then it is good. The important thing is to keep the scoreboard ticking.It is something the Indians do much better: they just knock the ball wide of mid-on or through square leg, or just run it past short third man and get a single.
All in the mix
Cook's missing jacket
Skipper Alastair Cook could have been in a tricky situation while going out for the toss for the first Test as he forgot to bring his team blazer and somebody had to rush it from England, if off-spinner Graeme Swann is to be believed. Swann, who returned after flying home to attend to his sick daughter Charlotte, said Cook left messages to his mobile phone asking him to bring his blue jacket with the England crest from home. But Swann did not check his phone and so it needed a friend to bring the blazer for Cook.
The Onions diary
In his tour diary for the BBC Graham Onions revealed the reason for sporting a 'tache, what the English were upto during downtime and how dinner bills get decided on tour. "Stuart Broad and Jonathan Trott are the undisputed FIFA kings — just don't make the mistake of beating Trott on his home turf because he's such a sore loser he'll kick you out of his room!" wrote Onions. He also said Jonny Bairstow and he were sporting moustaches to raise money for a men's health charity while apparently "credit card roulette" determine who foots the bill for dinner on past tours.