England v India Test - Men's

Swann urges India to pick Kuldeep for Tests

The former off spinner had some advice for India selectors ahead of the upcoming Test series

Cricket Network

13 July 2018, 07:18 PM

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Former England spinner Graeme Swann believes India would 'be crackers' not to select Kuldeep Yadav for the upcoming Test series between the two teams.

Kuldeep terrorised the England team during the first ODI in Nottingham on Thursday, with the left-arm spinner finishing with outstanding figures of 6-25 from his 10 overs.

The majority of the England batters failed to pick Kuldeep's fierce spin and Swann has urged selectors to hand the 23-year-old his third Test cap when the five-match series commences in Birmingham next month.

"Kuldeep has bowled himself into the Test squad," Swann told the BBC. 

"They’d be crackers not to put him in because the England batsman blatantly can’t pick him. 

"Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes can’t pick him – Jos Buttler, who was strangled down the leg side off him, is the only one who can pick him."

England captain Eoin Morgan wasn't one of Kuldeep's six victims, but accepted his teammates failed to play him well and that they will need to adapt their techniques when they next face the dangerous spinner.

"He (Kuldeep) is very good and there is no getting around that. He exposes an area of our game that we need to improve on and I think that is a good thing and a healthy thing," Morgan said.

"We have played great cricket for the last six months and not come up against anybody like this so it is a chance to improve on this area however long it might take between now and the World Cup."

The one-day series now heads to London, with India seeking to wrap up the series with a victory in the next match on Saturday.

But Morgan believes conditions will be different for both sides at Lord's and expects Kuldeep may not be as difficult to play as he was in Nottingham.

"Today, like at Old Trafford, he turned it more than any other spinner in the game and similar to Cardiff and the way we adapted between the two games," Morgan added.

"Conditions change and I think Lord’s will be similar to Cardiff in that regard so the shift will be important, but that doesn’t paper over the fact that we need to get better at playing him."