Spin legend Muralitharan says England are poor players of spin

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 06, 2012 12:48 hrs

Ace Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has said England are poor players of spin bowling.

The Mirror quoted Muralitharan as saying that he was not surprised to see the England batters struggling against Pakistan spinners Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman.

He said England's infrequent tours to the subcontinent were the main reason for the miserable batting performances against Pakistan spinners.

"You have to learn to play spin very well and in that department they are lacking so you can see the results now," he said.

"They are not used to the conditions and conditions are always very important in cricket. They need to play here more often and get used to them," he added.

Muralitharan also put a question mark over England's number one Test ranking and criticized the International Cricket Council's ranking system.

"England are No.1. But they have more to do to become like Australia for a period of time. They have to be the team to beat."

"A few months ago the ICC ranking system said India was the No.1. Then England and now it will pass to South Africa. It changes every few months, so that means nothing," he added. 

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