Brad Hogg
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Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg believes Cheteshwar Pujara‘s inability to rotate strike frequently in England could cause a bit of added pressure on the batsman at the non-striker’s end. 

Pujara’s “sluggish batting” has been a point of debate for a number of years now and Hogg gave his opinion on it. Hogg feels that although Pujara’s low strike rate was effective against Australia, the ball will keep on swinging in England for a longer period of time. 

In a video on his YouTube channel, Brad Hogg said he wants Pujara to be more proactive while batting in the English conditions. He also explained how the batsmen at the other end might not be able to bat with freedom.

“In Australia, the ball doesn’t swing for long. But in England, the ball continues to swing even after it gets old and this is where Pujara’s technique might cause more issues than not,” the 50-year-old said.

“It took a long time to get off the mark yesterday and if the batsman at the non-striker’s end is in full flow, it is going to put pressure and that can create a bit of impatience and cause a wicket or two with his partner at the other end,” he added.

Despite Pujara’s struggles in the first innings of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final, Hogg stated that his ability to tire down the opposition bowlers will be key against England in the upcoming five-match Test series.

With the likes of Stuart Broad and James Anderson in their late 30s, the former Aussie cricketer reckons the veteran batsman’s ability to bat long will once again be crucial for India in their long series.

“I like the aspect that he is willing to bat time. If he bats for a long period of time in the first innings, he will wear the opposition bowlers down. When you are going to come up against England in a five-match Test series, that first Test match, wearing the older bowlers down like Broad and Anderson is going to be key,” he concluded.

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