England tour of India: The bowling strength of the 'Barmy Army'
They hunt in pairs, they are ruthless, they are tall, they are strong and they are probably the best around. England's bowling has seen massive surge - both in popularity and in rankings - and has taken the team to great heights in the longer version of the game.
They hunt in pairs, they are ruthless, they are tall, they are strong and they are probably the best around. England's bowling has seen massive surge - both in popularity and in rankings - and have taken the team to great heights in the longer version of the game.<br><br> <b>James Anderson</b>: Proudly leading the attack with his guile and ball swinging capabilities. He might have been ignored for the shortest format of the game but in Tests he holds his own. Against India, he has 45 wickets in 10 matches and <i>in</i> India, 10 wickets in three games.
<b>Stuart Broad</b>: His Test record might not be exceptional overall but against India it definitely is. In 5 matches vs the Men in Blue, he has got 27 wickets at an astounding average of 17.77. Of those wickets though, 25 have come in England and replicating that on sub-continent tracks will be a challenge.<br><br> It is not just his bowling that England will be looking up to but also his all-round capabilities and fifties against India (during India's England tour) will hold him in good stead.
<b>Tim Bresnan</b>: He might look like a dibbly-dobbly, wibbly-wobbly bowler at first sight but the way India and Australia were dismantled by the strong lad, the mistake to take him lightly would definitely prove costly.<br><br> His 16 wickets in 3 Test matches against India came at an economy of 2.85 and averaging 16.31. Although the South Africans played him with aplomb, doubting his capabilities will be naive.
<b>Steven Finn</b>: Yet to play a Test match against India but the tallest Englishman may prove to be the trump card for his side. With 66 wickets to his name in 16 matches at an average of 28.15, the start seems bright and so do the prospects.<br><br> Finn had a disastrous start to the Indian tour with an injury in the first tour game but it remains to be seen whether he can prove his worth in sub-continent conditions.
<b>Graham Onions</b>: Once touted as one of the most promising England bowlers, injuries have hampered his career hugely. Since 2009, when he made his debut against West Indies, he has played only 9 Test matches for his side grabbing 32 wickets at 29.90 a piece.<br><br> He still has to play vs a sub-continent side, and in alien conditions. What also will be handy in his case is the grittiness with which he bats down the order (has saved Test matches against South Africa).
<b>Graeme Swann</b>: For a long time he was referred to as the best spinner in world cricket, and he probably still is. His 192 wickets in 46 matches have come at an average of 29.58.<br><br> Against India though with 21 wickets in 6 matches, that average rises to 40.23. What Swann does though is get wickets at crucial times for his side just like when India toured England. India should be wary of him when the Test matches begin.
<b>Monty Panesar</b>: He is back to where he began six years ago but with an average of 53.57 against the hosts, Panesar, in all likelihood, might not get a game this time around.<br><br> His overall record may not be that bad with 142 wickets in 42 matches at 33.33 but in Indian conditions a lot more is expected than just records.
<b>Samit Patel</b>: Considered more of an all-rounder and one-day specialist, Patel has just played the two Test matches in Sri Lanka getting 3 wickets at 40.66. He does give an option of a spin all-rounder, though, to the England side.<br><br> In one-dayers against India Samit has 8 wickets at 58.75 and a batting average of 31.75.