Will Sreesanth's aggression derail England?

Updated: 29 July 2011 13:10 IST

The hallmark of a great side is that there is no great panic when injuries occur. Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that he was better off looking at the positives instead of brooding over the absence of Zaheer Khan, who as expected, will nurse his hamstring injury.

Trent Bridge:

The hallmark of a great side is that there is no great panic when injuries occur.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that he was better off looking at the positives instead of brooding over the absence of Zaheer Khan, who as expected, will nurse his hamstring injury.

There is also a worry with regards to Gautam Gambhir, who has not yet recovered from his elbow injury suffered while fielding at Lord's.

If one goes by the amount of time Yuvraj spent at nets on Thursday, there is a good chance he will play.

S Sreesanth is set to replace him unless Munaf Patel is picked to avoid any chance of a Sreesanth-ignited controversy.

England know what to expect from the Kerala paceman - super seam bowler apart from his well documented run-ins.

Sreesanth will enjoy the helpful conditions here and even if he prefers tapping his feet to catchy music rather than reading the history of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, he would have heard about ground's kindness to fast bowlers.

Though he ended the 2007 Test here with only Paul Collingwood's wicket, England will remember him bowling a beamer to Kevin Pietersen. And when former captain-turned-commentator Michael Vaughan will see the maverick tomorrow, he will find it difficult to forget Sreesanth getting physical with him during the same Test.

Sreesanth is capable of bowling killer balls too. Ask Jacques Kallis, who was flabbergasted by one in South Africa in the 2010-11 series.

His seam position has been compared to Richard Hadlee by batting legend Sunil Gavaskar. And Trent Bridge was Hadlee's homeground when he played here for Nottingham.

Sreesanth can achieve success but he must display the temperament of a Hadlee.

Dhoni meanwhile is trying extra hard to be philosophical of Zaheer's absence. "Overall, it's a win-win situation for the Indian team because we can't really sit and say Zaheer is not there. Some of the other bowlers will get to have a look at international cricket," the skipper said.

Topics : Cricket England India Ravi Bopara Sreesanth India in England, 2011
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