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Only one chinaman in the world, not a concern: Morgan

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The unique challenge of facing a chinaman bowler is the reason England are struggling against Kuldeep Yadav, Eoin Morgan explained on Thursday (July 12).kul

For the second time in three games, Kuldeep ran through England and bamboozled their batsmen to set up victories for India. He picked up 5 for 24 in the first Twenty20 International, and on Thursday, produced a stunning display with 6 for 25 to help India go 1-0 up in the three-match ODI series.

Morgan said the crushing eight-wicket loss taught England more lessons than their 5-0 sweep of Australia recently.

“To come up against something rare, as opposed to coming up against a traditional right-arm lespinner, that’s very good,” Morgan said. “You don’t come up against many of them, but when you do, you need to try and adapt and think on your feet.”

Morgan, however, was confident his batsmen would adapt quickly, just like they had done between the first and second T20Is.

“I think identifying when he bowls well is… the grounds we’ve played on have offered more turn,” Morgan said. “At Old Trafford he turned it more than any other spinner in the game. The way we adapted between the two games, conditions change. I think Lord’s will be very similar to Cardiff in that regard. The shift from ground to ground will be important but it still doesn’t paper over the fact that we need to get better at playing him.

“When he does bowl well, he is very good. He exposes an area of the game we need to improve on. It’s a good thing and a healthy thing. We’ve played some great cricket for six months and haven’t come up against somebody like this. This is a chance to work on this area, however long it might take from now to the World Cup.”

Kuldeep’s performance has been a sort of reality check for England, but their captain stressed it’s not a huge concern given not many teams in the world have chinaman bowlers.

“I think given that there’s only one left-arm chinaman in the world, it’s not a huge concern,” he said. “You play against one team and he happens to be very good. And he’s not just another old left-arm chinaman. Credit where due, he did bowl well. We have to clarify our plans and commit to our plans and just be better.

“I don’t think it’s a huge concern. In the winter we played against Ish Sodhi who was pretty good bowler on wickets that offered turn. Low scoring games away from home…we played pretty well. (The issue is) predominantly the left-arm spin, and he bowls well. He disguises things quite well.”

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