5 reasons why Gareth Batty can make a difference in the England-Bangladesh series
Analysing why the 39-year-old can be the X-factor for England in their ongoing series.
Veteran England off-spinner Gareth Batty has been included in the national squad for their ongoing Test series against Bangladesh. Batty has represented the English side in 7 Tests so far and played his last match back in the year 2005 against the same opposition at Chester-le-Street.
The offie’s first stint as a Test cricketer was largely unsuccessful as he could manage just 11 wickets at a poor average of 66.63. He didn’t entirely disappear from the international scene though as he made ODI appearances every now and then until 2009 and also played a T20I in the same year.
Although he is currently 39, Gareth Batty has every chance of making his presence felt against the Bangladeshis in their own backyard. Here are 5 reasons why the off-spinner can make a difference in the ongoing series:
#1 Vast experience of picking wickets on unsupportive pitches
To say that Gareth Batty is an experienced campaigner would be an understatement as he has been part of the English county circuit for nearly 20 years now. Having started his career with his home county, Yorkshire, Batty went on to represent Worcestershire and currently plays for Surrey in England’s domestic cricket.
In 238 first-class matches, the offie has claimed 625 wickets at an average of just over 33 with 26 five-wicket hauls to his name. The fact that he has managed to perform like this on pitches which are not very conducive to spin bowling adds more value to Batty’s numbers.
If Gareth Batty can prove to be effective on tracks that are primarily unsupportive, there is no reason why he cannot succeed on spin-friendly pitches.