Bangalore: When India's new selection committee announced an India A side without a single frontline spinner, it seemed to be a strategic move. With a further two warm-up matches and less than 50 overs of spin sent down by specialists, there was no room left for doubt.
Along with being strategic, however, the move also seemed a tad defensive, though still with considerable merit. If faith in England's ineptness against spin is high, the quality of R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha as the premier spinners in the country undoubted, and turning tracks forthcoming, would England have really benefitted from facing lesser spinners in the warm-ups?
Would any number of spinners in the warm-ups have caused England to be more sure against spin when Anil Kumble was donning the whites for India?