Ahmedabad: In the three warm-up matches England have played, they have come up against 146.2 overs of spin in a total of 458.2 overs bowled. Knock out the part-time spinners from this list, and England have only played 48.3 overs of quality spin in match situations since arriving in India on October 29.
In the final warm-up match, Amit Mishra led Haryana, and though he picked up four wickets in 17.1 overs in the first innings, he did not bowl at all in the second. "There were no instructions that I should not bowl or anything like that," clarified Mishra soon after the game. "I had a cut on my spinning finger and was finding it hard to grip the ball. Before play on the fourth morning I tried to bowl, but wasn’t able to."
Although he did not have a chance to bowl to the England batsmen as much as he would have liked, Mishra did watch them from close quarters. "There's a big difference between how our batsmen play spin and how their batsmen play spin, there's no doubt about that. They are a bit weak against spin," said Mishra. "Our Test spin bowlers are very skillful and the England batsmen will have to use all the skill they have to counter this. It will be hard work for England's batsmen against our spinners."