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Pietersen weakness could be behind Doherty call up

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Created on 07 December 2010 Written by Adwait Kulkarni (Admin)
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Published on 07 December 2010

If the naming of an initial 17 man squad raised eyebrows, the dropping of Nathan Hauritz in favour of Xavier Doherty caused just as much surprise.

Hauritz has hardly set the world alight since breaking into the team three years ago, but he did have the unenviable task of following Shane Warne and would have considered himself a likely starter in Brisbane next week.

Doherty meanwhile has only taken three five-wicket hauls in first-class cricket and has a bowling average of 48. However, it appears his inclusion is a direct response to Kevin Pietersen's apparent weakness to left arm spinners.

Pietersen was clean bowled by Steve O'Keefe of Australia A last week, the latest in a line of left arm bowlers who have profited when bowling to the South African born star.

When he is on form Pietersen can be a destructive upper order batsmen and is capable of tipping the game in England's direction at any given moment, something Australia are all too aware of and the Ashes betting tips reflect this.

The inclusion of Doherty therefore highlights the importance they are placing on getting Pietersen out early, and it is up to him no to prove he can handle left arm spinners. Anyone looking to bet on top England batsman should bear in mind they may be gambling on KP sorting out this little problem.

If he can then he will join an England upper order in fine form heading to the Gabba for the first Test.

Ian Bell joined Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss in hitting a century in the warm up games, while Paul Collingwood scored a gutsy 89.

If Pietersen can eradicate the mistakes in his game that make him vulnerable to spin then England will have a solid run-filled batting line up capable of putting the Aussies under pressure.{jcomments on}

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 13:36