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Northampton pacer on cloud nine after dismissing Sehwag

cricket Updated: Aug 06, 2011 10:32 IST
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Young Northampton pacer Dave Burton was over the moon after scalping dashing Indian opener Virender Sehwag in the two-day practice match in Northampton and hoped it would help England's game plan in the Edgbaston Test next week.

"It does help (to keep Sehwag down). There is now footage for England to see, watch the whole spell, and see if swinging deliveries are going to get him," said the 25-year-old Burton on Friday.

Sehwag (8), back in the Indian fold, was thrice beaten by away swinging deliveries bowled by Burton before the fourth struck trapped him plumb in front of wickets and earned the young bowler a dream scalp.

"I've watched him many times. (Sachin) Tendulkar, (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni, Sehwag, I've grown up watching them. For those three lifting outswingers, I went wider of the crease to cut down the angle. He is known to relish width outside his offstump and I wanted to cut the angles so that he ends up playing straighter deliveries," he said.

"The one with which I got his wicket kept straight and was still going straight and his front foot was stuck in the crease when it hit him."

Burton, a coloured cricketer, has been around for five seasons but has played only five first class games. He shared the new ball with the tall Luke Evans who himself had enough reasons to celebrate after scalping Dhoni (2) and Suresh Raina (33) off short, lifting deliveries.