Snape: Experience will count
England's Twenty20 specialist expects big things in South Africa
By Phil Jackson. Last Updated: August 31, 2007 10:24am
Snape: Used to success
Jeremy Snape believes England's specialist squad can make a big impression at September's ICC World Twenty20 tournament.
"But if you have the ability to see your best ball as the opposite the batsman is expecting, or the opposite of the plan he has to combat you, then you have a chance of success."
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The experienced all-rounder has taken the Leicestershire Foxes to two Twenty20 Cup titles since the competition started in England in 2003.
He has been rewarded for his efforts by being named in a new look squad for England's Twenty20 campaign in South Africa.
As he nears the end of his career Snape, 34, believes the experience England's side has on the domestic scene will stand them in good stead.
Snape said:"It will depend on experience and the amount of planning that goes into it, so if some of the teams haven't had the experience of the hours of play or matches under their belt then they will have to learn pretty quickly.
"The more experienced you become, you know you're not always going to have great days. The strength of the Leicestershire side, and I think one of my strengths, is the ability to adapt to the situation of the day.
"I don't particularly go in with any prescribed view of how the game is going to go and being able to adapt our style and strategy to the demands of the day is crucial to how quick and dynamic Twenty20 cricket is."
Plan of attack
Having already helped coach England in their ill-fated World Cup campaign, Snape has thought long and hard about tactics for the tournament.
"Spin and taking pace off the ball has been a big strategy during the Twenty20 Cup, but it's all about unpredictability - I think predictable spinners have been hit, but the guys who have the ability to vary their deliveries have more success," he added.
"I've often said that if you bowl what you regard as your best ball - which for an off-spinner might pitch off stump and try and hit middle - and keep doing that on a length you're going to go miles.
"But if you have the ability to see your best ball as the opposite the batsman is expecting, or the opposite of the plan he has to combat you, then you have a chance of success.
"To me it is the bowlers who have out-thought the batsmen, who are the guys that have succeeded in Twenty20 cricket."
Snape will hope to put his ideas into practice when England open their campaign against Zimbabwe on September 13 before a crunch encounter with arch-rivals Australia a day later.