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The Ashes: The spinners

Graeme Swann and Nathan Hauritz

For the first time since 1991, England do not have to contend with their perennial bête noire, Shane Warne.

The leg-spinner has left a chasm in the Australia side and invariably, his successors have struggled to fill his shoes.

Nathan Hauritz has taken just two wickets at 260 runs in two warm-up matches while in stark contrast, Graeme Swann is the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket in 2009 with 26.

The off-spinner's success has relegated slow left-armer Monty Panesar to second choice, while 21-year-old leg-spinner Adil Rashid remains an exciting - if risky - option.



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