Scott Borthwick spent his winter in Adelaide learning more about the dark arts of legspin. He got to spend time with Shane Warne and Mushtaq Ahmed. They were very complimentary about him. So too were TMS when the Ashes show moved into town.
Now he is applying that winter work with some success.
He was instrumental in our win over Warwickshire. A double wicket maiden is always good when you are trying to restrict a team’s second innings total. He got 3 of the top order batsmen in a match altering spell. Recording a personal best of 4 wickets for 25 off of thirteen overs, which saw the Bears all out with a lead of only 101.
And with Diva struggling with a thigh strain, Scott successfully stepped into the breach as opening batsman. And with 48 unbeaten runs, lead the team to victory with a final boundary.
And all that just a few days after his 21st Birthday.
In only his second first class match Scott has taken 8 wickets for Durham. A trial match perhaps, but he might be a bit useful then?
And England manages to wreck it without even overbowling it!
Now it’s Plunkett; that’s an England squad bowling injury full house for Durham!
Following on from Mark Davies leaving the England squad with ankle problems and then having an operation on his ankle, and Graham Onions returning home from the squad with back injury; esteemed drinks boy Pudsy has now apparently joined the list.
BBC TMS feed – 0439 – Eng 490-9 (171 overs)
“ And a bit of breaking news on TMS – Liam Plunkett will return home a day early from this tour because of an injury that they want to treat immediately.”
Do England treat their pace bowlers well? What do they do with them? They have not been flogging the overs out of the Durham ones in matches. For the amount of time our bowlers have seen on the competitive field this winter this is not been a good return. Plunkett has seen only one [non EPPs] tour match all winter!
England: keeping our Nigel [the physio] in business!