Bittersweet Feeling

January 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment


It will all feel a bit empty for England after capitulating so badly against South Africa in the fourth and final Test. After fighting so staunchly for so long, it was a shame that they couldn’t play any decent cricket at the Wanderers.

Of course all of the umpiring controversy didn’t help and from there it was very difficult for the English to focus on the game at hand. 1-1 is a fair result of the series. With time, South Africa will feel they should have won the series but they did retain the trophy.

The series mirrored the Ashes but at the Oval when England won the toss they made it count. At the Oval, England only scored 332 but were then able to bowl out Australia for 160. That 172 run first innings lead proved the difference as did the 243 run deficit at the Wanderers. That is a difference of 415 runs.

England were too hold and cold and relied on too few to contribute. Graeme Swann was great and Ian Bell can hold his head high after receiving a lot of stick, but apart from these two Paul Collingwood, Stuart Broad and Graham Onions everyone else was pretty flat.

The steel of the batting was expecting  to come from Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Andrew Strauss and these three were probably the weakest. Trott made 190 at 27, Pietersen scored 177 at 25 and Strauss scored 170 at 24. Not enough from the heart of the line-up. The only two centuries came in the one innings at Durban.

Swann took 21 wickets, Anderson took 16 and Broad 13. Andrew Flintoff isn’t around anymore so the spark is going to have to come from someone else. Someone has to put their hand up and to make things happen. There isn’t enough variety in the English attack and there isn’t anyone in the batting line-up who instils fear into bowlers. Cricket betting doesn’t rate them as highly as they did when Flintoff was in the side.

The English are going to have to shake things up if they want to have any hope of retaining the Ashes in Australia. It may not be 5-0 but 4-1 or 3-0 is just as bad.


David Wiseman writes for this blog. He also writes about the Australian Open
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