Once the West Indies first innings wickets had ended no fewer than 424 behind, the scoreboard seemed to prove that England were vastly superior in the bowling department as well as the batting. It ain't necessarily so; there is still plenty for Allan Donald, the new South African bowling advisor, to do when he starts to work with England's fast bowlers before the Old Trafford Test.
Ryan Sidebottom was England's most convincing bowler yesterday under the still, grey cloud cover at Headingley that encouraged swing - 4 for 42 in West Indies' first innings, and two more in the second. He twice led the England team off the ground, but he was the selectors' seventh or eighth choice. However, this does not mean there is a deep pool of talented bowlers to call on. Quite the reverse in fact.
Stephen Harmison who, by is own account, has nothing to prove, did take wickets too, but his performance included the extras that had stained his figures at Lord's last week-end; he took 2 for 46, but Liam Plunkett, not Harmison, opened the bowling with Sidebottom in West Indies' second innings.
Plunkett's figures (3 for 35) were good enough, but there was plenty of dross between the wicket-taking deliveries, and he bowled no balls and wides.
He lacks the consistency of an established Test performer. Harmison has mislaid it somewhere. It is usually provided by Andrew Flintoff and Matthew Hoggard, both injured.
Sidebottom was an unlikely choice, but Hoggard's injured adductor muscle meant someone had to replace him. It was not going to be Flintoff. Jon Lewis and Stuart Broad, who were next in line, were also injured.
Poor Simon Jones is not back in contention. James Anderson, in the squad at Lord's and here in Yorkshire, seemed the obvious choice, but David Graveney said the selectors were keen to identify a bowler who could add variety to the attack, and so he did.
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