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Tuesday, June 07, 2011


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I have to say I think this perceived weakness is a little over-played, to be honest. As an opener Strauss is always liable to fall to a seam bowler, and openers will get more than their fair share of jaffas generally, too. Of those nine dismissals, five were against Pakistan last summer when all the seam bowlers had field days, and four were off Amir, who I recently heard someone describe as having had the potential to be the best bowler since Malcolm Marshall. Strauss's only real chance of avoiding being dismissed by a left-arm seamer would have been to get out to Asif first...

That's not to say he doesn't have something to work on, and Zaheer will be fancying his chances, clearly, but I wouldn't be panicking yet -- it's nowhere near the same level of issue as KP's -- please let's not turn it into a psychological issue for Strauss!

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