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Jeff Francis

 

Francis initially made his mark as a medium pace bowler of no great repute before turning to spin with intriguing results last season. Francis’ unique running style (described variously as running on rails or a runaway milk float) tends to disguise a real ability to spin the ball and he confused a number of batsmen.

While he is somewhat hampered in the field by a chronic lack of speed, he compensates for that deficiency with a reliable pair of hands (four catches in a single game testify to his skill) and a powerful arm that he does not always choose to utilise. The ability to turn ones into twos is not his greatest asset.

His batting has potential but he needs to improve on a tendency to start slowly. Francis and blobs were no strangers to each other as he was dismissed without scoring on a worryingly high number of occasions. However, he has proved that when he gets his eye in and survives the early barrage that he can score runs and is particularly adept at turning the ball off his legs.