Ishant can be a handful in England: Simmons

Published: Monday, July 11, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Ishant can be a handful in Eng: Simmons

Roseau, July 11: India's bowling coach Eric Simmons says in-form pacer Ishant Sharma could prove to be a handful in the upcoming four-match Test series against England.

"If he bowls with the control he has got now, Ishant can be a real handful in England. He has obviously got the height.

His ability to get bounce out of a wicket from a fuller length is crucial," Simmons said.

"He is getting more confident now that his control is back. The no-balls are disappearing. He''s going to start finding the pace that he has. To try and bowl quicker when you haven''t got confidence is not going to work."

Ishant has already picked up 22 wickets in the ongoing Test series in the West Indies, including two five-for and a ten-wicket haul, at an impressive average of 15.13.

"I think now he'll start bowling consistently at 140kph, 141, 142, and that's just going to add to his strength. The only thing is he can drift down leg now and then, but it is a minor issue," Simmons was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.com.

Simmons also backed pace spearhead Zaheer Khan's decision to pull out of the the West Indies tour.

"He (Zaheer) also understands his body really well. He picks up on niggles very early. At times something could have grown more serious, but he picked it up early and pulled himself off. He has the ability to fix things.

"His break has been a blessing in disguise. He has played a lot of cricket. He went into the IPL from the World Cup.

That must have been difficult," he said.


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