England opener Jos Buttler believes that it is only a matter of time before his team can figure out India mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav.
Kuldeep tore through England in the first T20I claiming the rare feat of a Twenty20 International five wicket haul in Manchester.
Only Buttler had any measure of success against India’s main spin threat but while he admitted the spinner’s quality he felt that his fellow batsmen would adjust and find ways to make the game tougher for Kuldeep.
“It’s very rare and he’s a very good bowler,” Buttler said of Kuldeep. “It’s now down to the guys to gain an understanding. You see it a lot in international cricket that guys burst onto the scene and then people get a handle on them.”
Buttler said the fact that Kuldeep was a left-arm wrist-spinner made things that much more difficult for the English as they were faced with some unusual angles.
He added: “It’s getting used to the angle [because] wrist-spin is usually right-arm. He’s a good bowler and as we have seen, wrist spinners have been a big weapon in T20.”
The wicketkeeper felt that England didn’t give the best account of themselves at Old Trafford but feels the squad has enough resilience and class to fight back in the remaining two matches.
He said: “We know we are a lot better than we showed during that little phase of the game. We just didn’t manage to capitalize on the start.”
England face India in the second T20I at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday.
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