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England’s Issues Against Left-Arm Pace

CricViz analysis features in the Telegraph’s prediction of trouble for England’s batsmen.

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This week, Tim Wigmore suggests that England’s weakness against left-arm pace could be well exploited by Pakistan.

“Especially handy for Pakistan in this series, Shaheen is also exactly the kind of bowler against whom England fare worst. Since the start of 2017, they average only 24.2 against left-arm pace bowlers in Tests. Of the nine teams in the World Test Championship, only Bangladesh fare worse in this time.”

Wigmore goes on, affirming that “Some of England’s best players are vulnerable to this line of attack. Since 2018, Joe Root’s overall Test average of 40 falls to 34 against ­left-arm pace; Ben Stokes’s average of 42 in this time falls to 25….Left-arm pace has also harassed England’s lower order: Chris Woakes averages 12 against left-arm quicks since 2018; Stuart Broad has been dismissed four times at an average of three.”

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