There aren’t many 6’7” spin bowlers out there, so Sulieman Benn (one of my ones to watch way back in March) stands out regardless of his performance. He stood out in another way during England’s first innings of the First Test at Sabina Park, though, namely the quality of his bowling.
For a spin bowler to bowl 22 overs on the first day of a Test in Jamaica is remarkable in itself, but for him to only concede 29 runs (and take the wicket of the other side’s best player) is pretty special. He continued his good form on the second day, too, taking another three wickets (including those of Collingwood and Prior, both decent players of spin) to finish on figures of 4-77 (and with an economy rate of 1.73).
It seems the West Indian attack, once so famous for its pacemen, has a new element – one that England’s batsmen have, in the main, so far stuggled to cope with.