Starc could be key if Swann is to be England’s best Ashes bowler

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Australia’s decision to leave Mitchell Johnson out of their Ashes squad may have surprised a few, but given the way left-handed fast bowlers have aided Graeme Swann in England’s second Test with New Zealand, this may prove a smart move.

The footmarks created by the follow-throughs of New Zealand quicks Trent Boult and Neil Wagner have been ruthlessly exploited by Swann and have made him far more of a danger when bowling at right-handed batsmen than was previously deemed the case.

Swann has always been considered a greater threat at left-handed batsmen, taking 102 wickets against them at an average of 26.17 and this boded well for the Ashes as the majority of Australia’s top-order batsmen are left-handed.

Meanwhile, he has taken more wickets of left-handers than any other England bowler liable to make their Ashes squad.

However, if Swann wants to be England’s top wicket-taker in the Ashes, which can be backed at 7/2, dismissing the tail would take on added incentive and most of these are right-handed.

Given that a far greater number of Test cricketers are right-handed, Swann’s current return of 118 wickets at 33.74 is not especially spectacular.

But what the clash with New Zealand at Headingley has shown is that he could pose a greater threat if getting the ball to turn out of footholes created by left-handed fast bowlers.

Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner fulfil this criteria for Australia even despite Johnson’s absence and the former at least looks a likely starter.

Therefore, if England are bowling in the fourth innings of a Test and Starc has got through a decent number of overs in his two contributions with the ball, the conditions should suit Swann in wreaking havoc among the Aussie tail.

After sending most of the left-handed recognised batsmen back to the pavilion first of course.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.