The England team reportedly opted for Merlyn, the bowling machine to make the two ends meet against Kuldeep Yadav in the next game. The lack of a good wrist-spinner and the capacity to encounter wrist-spinners cost England the win in the first T20I against India at Old Trafford, Manchester.
This chinaman bowler succeeded to pick 5 wickets by conceding 24 runs in the first T20I. He picked the wickets of Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow within four balls in a single over and two batsmen were stumped at golden ducks in his bowling. He troubled Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan and managed to dismiss them earlier in the game.
In this context, Jos Buttler said that ”One thing we can do is with Merlyn, to replicate the angle. It’s a very good machine to get used to that. But it was the first time some guys have faced Kuldeep and it may take one or two games, plus video.
“It’s about understanding that you shouldn’t get too flustered. With spin it can all happen quickly, suddenly you have faced a few balls and aren’t off the mark, so it’s not allowing that to affect you. You have to get used to the action and once you have faced them a bit more it gets easier. You have a bit more trust and might pick up a few cues.”
Jos Buttler is the only batsman to make the highest score for England but his score could not hand England the victory it needed. He seemed a little bit better in tackling the spin attack of Kuldeep Yadav.
However, Merlyn is the bowling machine introduced by England in 2005 to encounter the spin attack of Shane Warne before the Ashes series. In the tour to India, before the ODI series in 2017, Australian cricket board recruited the Keralite wrist-spinner KK Jiyas, who played for Delhi Daredevils to guide them to encounter wrist-spinners. However, their efforts were failed and Kuldeep Yadav guided India to victory with a hat-trick in the game at Kolkata.