England must hammer home their spin advantage during First Ashes Test: Willis

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London, July 8 (ANI): Former England fast bowler Bob Willis has said that the hosts must hammer home their spin advantage in Cardiff and get their Ashes quest off to a flyer.

Willis, who claimed 325 wickets during his international career, and is now a Sky Sports expert, told Sun Sport that England can call on Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar to do the job that is expected of them, while Australia, on the other hand, have just Nathan Hauritz and part-timers Michael Clarke, Marcus North and Simon Katich.

"Australia don't have a spinner to speak of and we have to take advantage of that. In terms of Hauritz, I think he's hopeless. After the First Test, we may find ourselves on flatter pitches that could give us a problem taking 20 wickets. I have a slight reservation over that and fear Australia will go on from there to win the series 2-1," Willis said.

"But then I said they'd win 3-1 in 2005. I was wrong then and I hope that's the case again!" (ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 13:20 [IST]
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