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Bell vows to fight Aussies at Edgbaston

By Adam Cooper 27/07/2005 09:42:25 PM Comments (0)

England's recurring nightmare about Shane Warne's mastery this Ashes series has no end in sight, according to the man with the best view of his bowling.

Wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist left no doubts when asked to evaluate the 35-year-old's legspinner's performance in the first Test win at Lord's, when Warne mesmerised England's batsmen and took six wickets for the match.

"Brilliant. Some of the best bowling I've kept to from him," Gilchrist said.

"That's a pretty big statement, he's set pretty high standards.

"When he bowls over the top he gets that drift towards leg (stump) and then when you are spinning it, you only have to spin it six inches and you are going to deceive batsmen.

"But then when he turns it as far as he does ... it was some of the best bowling I've kept to him."

As England plots its response to counter Warne in next week's second Test, at Edgbaston, Gilchrist believed Test cricket's leading wicket-taker had already resumed his "mental stranglehold" over his opponents.

Three of the home side's Ashes debutants were dismissed by Warne at Lord's, including youngster Ian Bell, who became trapped in a web of deception and was beaten senseless by a topspinner that smacked into his pads.

"We have all seen it ourselves, particularly against the spinning ball - it feels like it is a lottery when you are playing it," said Gilchrist, who has completed 40 dismissals off Warne's bowling in the 49 matches keeping to him.

"As batsmen we have all been to the subcontinent and been mesmerised by Murali (Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan) and (India's) Harbhajan (Singh) at various times.

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