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Kumble is the dangerman: Collingwood

The England middle-order batsman said his team would be wary of the leggie in the remainder of the three-Test series.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 17:23 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Anil Kumble has set alarm bells ringing in the England camp with his sensational dismissals and the rival batsmen would be wary of the Indian leggie in the remainder of the three-Test series, middle-order batsman Paul Collingwood said in Mohali on Friday.

"All the Indian bowlers are good but it is Kumble who is going to bowl the most number of overs, he is the one who we have to combat," he said after a truncated second day of the second Test at the PCA ground.

"Kumble is a world class bowler, he is going upto 500 wickets. He is a great bowler and tough to play on any wicket.

"I have faced Kumble in 14 one-dayers and to come up against the bowler in his own backyard -- you've got to contend with it."

Collingwood, who could just manage 25 this time around, was clean bowled by a googly from Kumble that straightened up, clipping off the bails.

Asked about his own dismissal, he said, "it was a pretty good ball. I should have got further up."

"I will try to be patient against him, that is the key I suppose."

Collingwood revealed that there had been an injury scare but hoped it would be fine.

"I had niggle in the left wrist that I picked in Pakistan late last year. I heard a click today, hopefully it's not bad. I am feeling better now so I think it should be fine."

On the wicket, he said he felt it was pretty even paced.

"It is reverse swinging as well. It's a good sign for us, we can use it to our advantage.

"Just three days are left in the match, we need to make a good total to put the Indians under pressure and get a positive result out of the match."

"He does not turn the ball massively as Warne and Murali but is quite effective," said the batsman who made an unbeaten 134 in the first innings of the drawn first Test in Nagpur.

First Published: Mar 10, 2006 17:23 IST