England should turn to Luke Wright to restore pride

November 25, 2008 at 10:01 am Leave a comment


With another ODI defeat to India, England need to make changes in order to
gain anything form the series. There batting order is currently not settled,
this is something the management and Pietersen need to work out. Also, Paul Collingwood has been going through a bad run of form, England need to replace him with Luke Wright.

What England lack is a big hitter in their team, someone who doesn’t
need to face 15-20 balls before he can play a big shot. The Indian’s have it with Sehwag, Dhoni, Yuvraj and Y Pathan. They are capable, as shown in the 4th ODI, to get out there and be aggressive from the first ball without going out a couple of balls later. Flintoff is a good aggressor and big hitter, but he lacks consistency, he doesn’t play the same aggressive innings all the time and seems to go out playing a poor shot every time. KP is more consistent, but his best innings, when he makes big scores, are usually when he plays at a run a ball, with boundaries every so often, without the pressure of having to play the big shots.

At the bottom of the order England lack a big hitter, who can turn a decent
score into a good score. Matt Prior, has struggled to play this role at the bottom of the order and none of the tail-enders seem capable of doing this. This points to the return of Luke Wright into the team down at about 7 or 8. Paul Collingwood is a good player but England can’t keep sticking with him if he is not delivering.

The batting order looks much improved to that when the tour began but there is still changes that have to be made. I will stick to Ravi Bopara as opener as I think that he is capable of taking advantage of the powerplays and given time he will get used to opening an international innings. I think that Bell’s record indicates that he shouls stay on but he needs to up his strike rate and turn good starts into big scores to keep away the critics. Pietersen needs to get on to the field as quick as possible and should be batting at number 3, with Flintoff at number 4 and Shah at 5. Patel needs to get on the field more earlier and batting at 6 will allow this, with Wright and Prior alternating at 7 & 8 depending on the state of the match.

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