Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Second Test Round Up

Okay, so the test ended a few days ago now, but I've been distracted. Anyway, things to take away from the rather one sided England victory:

  • Injuries. Everyone seems to be injured. Kevin Pietersen has done his calf. James Pattinson has gone home with a stress fracture of the back. Ashton Agar was struggling with some sort of hip thing. Graham Swann got elbowed in the lower back by Usman Kawaja while the latter was going for a run. In this kind of 'double' series, injuries really matter.
  • 'Fragile' batting. Fragile used to be a word applied to England's batting order, particularly in the 1990s. Good days, glimmers of promise, but ultimately collapse. The same seems to be true of Australia. They have potentially good top order players, but none of them are converting that into big runs.
  • Australia's spin question. I like the look of Ashton Agar. He seems promising. Yet he isn't the finished article, and he hasn't taken many wickets yet. Part timer/all rounder Steve Smith out bowled him this time around. Now, I feel like Smith needs to stay as the second spinner, but Agar needs a good third test if he's going to keep his place.
  • Joe Root/Jonny Bairstow. Root nailed down his place in this test with 180 and a couple of wickets. Fellow Yorkshire player Bairstow hasn't really cemented his test spot yet, with his bottom handed technique seeming ideal for one day cricket, but not the longer stuff where even slight technical issues can be preyed on for hours.
  • DRS. Again. The Australians really aren't very good at it. It's simple. If the decision is so bad that you want to swear at the umpire for being so utterly blind, use it. Otherwise, leave it alone.

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