Batty: I think I'm good enough for England
The 36-year-old Gareth Batty, who hasn't Test match cricket since June 2005, has all but implored England for a recall, ahead of this month's series against Sri Lanka at Lord's and Headingley.
The 36-year-old Gareth Batty, who hasn't Test match cricket since June 2005, has all but implored England for a recall, ahead of this month's series against Sri Lanka.
England will be without the prolific Graeme Swann, who retired from international cricket in December last year.
While all-rounder Moeen Ali has since been tipped as the first-choice spinner, Batty's recent stretch of form will offer the selectors food for thought.
The veteran off-spinner enjoyed a particularly fruitful first innings for Surrey in the ongoing County Championship Division Two fixture against Essex in Chelmsford, snaring career-best figures of eight for 68.
"I think my skills are good enough. I look around, as an off-spinner and batting, I don't see anybody who can do it the way I can. I truly believe that. It's the first time in a very long time," Batty told <i>ESPNcricinfo</i>.
"I think sometimes you just understand the positions your body gets into and you know what reaction you get at the end of that. I think I am relatively comfortable now at saying, 'This ball I'm going to do this' and I can execute it.
"I think in patches over the last few years I've bowled really well. Swann was the best England spinner ever and I was not going to oust him. Now, I think I'm good enough to do it. I'd say it's the first time in my career that I would actually say that to people – easily, I can do the job."
The first Test will get underway at Lord's on 12 June and the second at Headingley eight days later. England will also host India, for five Test matches, between 12 June and 19 August.
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