West Indies call-up leg spinner Devendra Bishoo for second Test with England

  • West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin confirmed Devendra Bishoo will play
  • Leg spinner Bishoo has 40 wickets for the West Indies in 11 Tests
  • England's batsmen have historically struggled with leg-spin 

By Rory Dollard, Press Association

Published: 21:38 GMT, 20 April 2015 | Updated: 21:38 GMT, 20 April 2015

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England are set to face trial by leg-spin after West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin confirmed Devendra Bishoo will play in Tuesday's second Test.

Wrist spin has long been a bete noire for England batsmen, a quirk that has been passed down the DNA since Australia's Shane Warne dominated the old enemy for more than a decade.

Peter Moores' current side, with the fresh faces of Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler throughout the order, have yet to face a frontline leg-spinner in Tests but that will change when Bishoo returns at the National Stadium in Grenada.

West Indies cricketer Devendra Bishoo will play against England in the second Test

West Indies cricketer Devendra Bishoo will play against England in the second Test

West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin confirmed that leg-spinner Bishoo will play on Tuesday

West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin confirmed that leg-spinner Bishoo will play on Tuesday

His record over 11 caps is modest, with 40 wickets at 39.55, but the 29-year-old comes into the game in place of the dropped Sulieman Benn in superb form.

His last five first-class matches for Guyana have yielded a phenomenal 37 wickets with six wicket hauls against Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago and the Windward Islands.

'Bishoo will be in,' said Ramdin, when asked about his bowling line-up.

West Indies  captain Ramdin prepares for the second Test in the nets

West Indies captain Ramdin prepares for the second Test in the nets

'The pitch will turn out to be better - in terms of spin - than the first Test in Antigua. He has bowled really well in first-class cricket in the last month and a half.

'In our squad's practice match he bowled long spells and got results.

'It's going to be a batting track for the first two days and then the fourth and five days, the spinner will come into play.

'With a leg-spinner you get bad balls and you get beauties. Hopefully he'll get a lot of beauties in this game.'

 

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