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Flower blames England's swing bowlers for poor series against Kiwis

London, Mar 28 : England coach Andy Flower has blamed the inability of his swing bowlers to move the bowl in New Zealand for their poor series against a spirited Kiwi team.


The fighting spirit shown by England's batsmen to draw the final Test was the highlight of the Test section of the tour of New Zealand but it was a rare beacon in a series in which Flower blamed the team's lack of competitiveness on the bowlers, the Telegraph reports.

Flower said his bowlers were outswung at least in the first and third Test match, adding if you don't move the ball sideways you are not going to create many problems for international batsmen.

Flower added he is not sure why they haven't swung it but it's something the bowlers and David Saker are going to have to get on to.

The Kookaburra ball used in New Zealand and Australia is not renowned for lavish swing, though England did manage to get some during the last Ashes series.

The England bowlers were outdone on the conventional method, which requires good technique and fingertip control not only in the way the seam is angled but also the way it revolves, backwards.

It is a tricky business, which is why some days bowlers can hoop it round corners and on others they cannot get it off the straight - which is what happened to James Anderson for much of this series.

Flower further said skilful swing bowling is always going to take wickets and their guys are always looking how to combat that.

--ANI (Posted on 28-03-2013)

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