I may be alone, but I think Joe Root is a ghastly batsman. Scored his 180, but after that even in England opening scored with a strike rate of 20 and then got out in the twenties. Today scored 15 off 80 balls before slogging the spinner up in the air. Dreadful player imho, but I'm told his technique is textbook. Simply don't see why this guy is the next big thing.
hmm, seems to me this statement is from someone who has no idea about cricket, barring a wander down the local green with a red tennis ball and a woolworths bat!
Cooks out of nick, as is prior etc. KP is KP and wont change, and why should he? guys world class, ans will score runs. batted well today. bell is world class, and only 31, so a few more years at the level i think
just run into a pumped up aussie side, with a weapon that no many sides own, a guy bowling genuine raw pace. 89-90mph isnt overally fast at test level, but 92-93mph makes all the difference and will get wickets. people are so quick to jump on their backs, the top 6 that started at the gabba probably had 90 test hundreds between them? they are class, just the bad form has coincided with the aussies in top form.
bowlers wise, broad will be a feature for a good few years yet. jimmy and swanny have a couple of yhears left, fitness wise, and swann- form wise. 2 bad tests in aus and they are calling for his head, laughable really.
new guys coming through? that ive seen/ played with/against: sam robson, daniel bell-drummond, james vince, ballance etc look the next wave. they clearly dont rate taylor, and i can see why, if they had hed have had that no 6 locked up since colly called it a day. bowlers? rankin finn, mills, kerrigan etc
interesting to see how they approach the next tests, think the waca we might go ballance at 6, get rid of stokes, and bresnan and rankin/finn in for the spinners. then again we are always relectant not to play a twizzler. maybe stokes stays and ballance and rankin come in???
been a hard 2 tests to watch, after 2 years in aus at a cricket club, ive been getting a torrade of abuse, i guess im getting as good as i got after the last 3 series!!
UP THE POMS!