Bresnan claims England's problems against spin bowling 'massively exaggerated'

London, Oct 26(ANI): England all rounder Tim Bresnan has claimed their problems against quality spin bowling have been massively exaggerated, and added that on spin-friendly wickets, good slow bowlers ought to take wickets.

Each of England's three trips to Asia in 2012 has exposed their old Achilles heel of batting against spin on lifeless tracks, but Bresnan, who will be fighting for the No 8 position for the first Test in Ahmedabad on November 15, believes that they can play spin well now.

"I think our struggles against spin have been massively exaggerated. I don't think there's anything too wrong about the way we play when it comes to spinners," the Daily Mail quoted Bresnan, as saying.

"It's one of those things that you know can become an issue if you get out to them. But we have to accept that spinners sometimes get wickets on spinning tracks, and not let that put us off our gameplan," he added.

Pakistani spinners Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman humiliated England in January and February in UAE, when they lost the Test series 3-0.

England then allowed Sri Lanka's slow left-armer Rangana Herath to take 12 wickets during the defeat at Galle in March, before Kevin Pietersen's superb 151 squared the series in Colombo.

England also looked clueless in the World Twenty20 last month against India's second-choice spinners, Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla, who took six for 25 between them in eight overs, as they were dismissed for 80. (ANI)

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