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5 best players of spin from England

S Samaddar
ANALYST
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5.87K   //    10 Feb 2018, 21:38 IST

The oldest cricketing nation in the world has produced some of the world's best batsmen over the course of its history and many of them have gone on to become excellent all-around players.

Although England is known as a country of seam bowlers as far as bowlers are concerned, it has also produced plenty of world-class spinners and hence the batsmen often play spinners at the domestic level.

That being said, the number of really top class English players of spin have not been as many as one would have expected and it is a rather small group. So, here is a look at the English batsmen, who were absolute masters of handling the spinning ball.

#5 Marcus Trescothick

Fourth Test South Africa v England - Day Five

The former England opener could have gone on to become one of the best of all time but mental health issues took their toll on him and he had to retire prematurely. However, for as long as he played, Marcus Trescothick was a regular for England and the left-handed opener was without a doubt, one of the best players of spin in the side.

The Somerset batsman had the complete game that one wishes a player to have against spin. He had the defensive technique, he could come down the track to smother the turn, sweep or slog sweep and in addition to that, he could cut if the ball was marginally short.

His record in the sub-continent is ample proof of his prowess against spin. He averaged 40.81 in 17 games that included tours to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, over a period of around 5 years.

Trescothick made 3 centuries and 7 fifties. Other than the series in Bangladesh in which he averaged more than 68, the tour to India in 2001-02 was another high point (average 48).

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