But it’s not any of the batsmen I’m on about, it’s Andy Flower.
By straight batting away questions about Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action (mainly in the form of his Doosra), Flower is basically refusing to endorse his action and has probably risked causing another breakdown in relations between the two sides, relations that are currently only in the infancy of being rebuilt.
Personally I think it’s more the English media up to a bit of mischief making, rather than the England team. The media seem to be asking anyone at any opportunity about Ajmal’s action, and in fairness so far Strauss, Prior and Swann have already refused to take the bait, instead insisting it isn’t an issue.
Andy Flower on the other hand, didn’t say anything, but he also refused to endorse the action when asked, a lack of action he must have known would grab the attention of the sh-t stirrers and headline writers.
Flower isn’t stupid, which is why I’m fairly sure this was a calculated (lack of ) response.
I think that Flower knows that England were outwitted by Ajmal and the Pakistani management in the build up to the 1st test. He knows that Ajmal has got into the heads of his batsmen with all this talk of the so called Teesra, etc, so by doing this, Flower is attempting to try to unsettle Ajmal.
By allowing the debate into Ajmal’s action to take off, Flower may be hoping that all the talk will unsettle Ajmal and put him off his game. If he has got into the heads of the English batsmen though, it makes me wonder will it make any difference anyway….. as it is probably already way too late.