Tremlett can bring Sachin down: Warne
Australian spin wizard Shane Warne feels that English speedster Chris Tremlett's height, pace and accuracy will pose a big challenge for Sachin Tendulkar during the four-match Test series at home.cricket Updated: Jul 21, 2011 13:03 IST
Australian spin wizard Shane Warne feels that English speedster Chris Tremlett's height, pace and accuracy will pose a big challenge for Sachin Tendulkar during the four-match Test series at home.
Warne said that the gigantic 6'8" pacer, who posed several problems in each of the three Tests against Sri Lanka, has caught the imagination of all and sundry.
"One guy who looks to be thriving is Chris Tremlett. With his height, bounce and rising confidence he will be the player of the series. He will take the most wickets, will be an absolute handful and will knock Sachin Tendulkar over a lot too," Warne wrote in his column for "Daily Telegraph".
"The trick for Strauss is not to bowl Tremlett too much with the new ball. Let him bowl short, sharp sessions of no more than five overs and use him as an impact bowler. Keep him fresh so he gets that bounce," said Warne.
Tremlett was the Man of the Series in the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka with 15 wickets at 23.40.
The legendary spinner added that England should make use of Tendulkar's vulnerability in the early part of his innings.
"You have to approach Tendulkar with the aim of dismissing him for lower than his average. If you get him out for lower than 50 you can count that as a win and it takes a bit of pressure off bowlers who can focus too much on trying to knock him over as soon as he walks to the crease," he said.
Tendulkar, part of the strongest batting line-up in the world, stands on the brink of a momentous 100th international century.
Warne said that the home team should not waste too much of an effort to plan against the little master but focus more on India's inspirational skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
"MS Dhoni is a pretty good captain and is respected by his team, so England should really target him. If they keep him to low scores, and don't let him slog a 50 at the end of an innings, it will affect his captaincy," he said adding that India will have similar ideas about Andrew Strauss and will use Zaheer Khan to upset him.
The Indian captain averages 33 against England, which includes four half-centuries in 13 innings he has played against them.
Warne said the high-profile series between the number one team India and third ranked England will be dominated by the ball.
"Normally when you think of India you imagine cricket dominated by the bat. But not this time. It will be a shoot-out between both bowling attacks."
Warne suggested the English pacers to attack Indians with body language, short-pitched hostile bowling at appropriate times and be aggressive in every way.
"In Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Tendulkar you have great players. If you retreat and become defensive against India, then they will go on the offensive and punish you. That is how India can be undone. If you go too defensive with field settings and try to bore them out they will be all over you."
Warne also singled out Rahul Dravid as another dangerman for England and said the only way to combat the veteran campaigner is to bowl waist-high deliveries that make him play.
"If England can keep Tendulkar quiet it will rub off on the rest but the real danger is Dravid taking up the slack. I played with Dravid at the Indian Premier League and he is in super touch. In these conditions he can be the star for India. From talking to him in India, I know he is hungry and very motivated for this series.
"The way to combat Dravid is to build pressure at both ends and bowl back-of-a-length, waist-high deliveries. If you allow him to drive he will smack it. If you bowl too straight, he is great off his pads and will pick you off. Be wary, England. He is the guy that glues India together," warned Warne.
In 2007, India had registered a first Test series win in England after 21 years.