Owais Shah – Why the ENG ODI & T20 team must recall him

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    Owais Shah canes the South African attack  © Getty Images

    As England prepare to name their ODI and T20 squads for the current series vs PAK, obviously coming off the back of two disheartening experiences vs spin bowling during the ODI series in India and the just concluded test series – it is obvious ENG have big problems playing.

    With the T20 WC title to defend if they don’t adequately fix these problems in the shorter format especially, they will get throttled in Sri Lanka later this year.

    Regardless of the test teams recent struggles I have allot of faith in the formula of the test set-up to be able to recover from this setback, but the limited overs team are a totally different kettle of fish and the batting line-up needs a experienced head to negotiate spin bowling IMO far more than an infusion of youngsters such a Buttler, Hales or Bairstow.

    While running through this Gayle Phenomenon article – Chris Gayle in Twenty20 matches since 2011:A phenomenon in the shortest form | Cricket Features | Big Bash League | ESPN Cricinfo, it was surprised (if not totally) to see that controversially discarded Owais Shah has been one of the top 5 T20 run-scorers world wide since 2011.

    His form continued in just concluded Big Bash with him being amongst the top 4 run-scorers Cricket Records | Big Bash League, 2011/12 | Records | Most runs | ESPN Cricinfo.

    While late last year he was named South Africa T20 player of the year for helping Cape Cobras win that domestic title. South Africa news: Jacques Kallis is South Africa’s Cricketer of the Year | South Africa Cricket News | ESPN Cricinfo

    Looking away from the flimsy running between the wickets reasoning that the selectors axing him from the ODI side in 2009, leagues around the world keep picking him and his stats speak for itself.

    One of his great strengths was always his ability to play spin, so ENG selectors would be wise to recall him to ODI and T20 set-ups (especially) – not doing so would be a massive fail.

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