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Spin a worry for England

London: The lack of a front-line spinner to replace Graeme Swann continues to vex English cricket, but captain Alastair Cook insists their four-man pace attack remains the best option heading into the second Test against Sri Lanka on Friday.

James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan on debut bowled manfully on a flat wicket in the first Test at Lord’s, taking six wickets in Monday’s remarkable final session.

Swann took 255 wickets in 60 Tests, but abruptly retired midway through the 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia, and with Peter Moores replacing Andy Flower as coach earlier this year, Cook admitted they had yet to discuss a long-term spin-bowling plan. (reuters)