Englands Batsmen Disappointed

January 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

Although England didn’t get the result they hoped for in their second test with Pakistan, it is fair to say that for the neutral we got to see an outstanding Test match in Abu Dhabi.

The spin of the ball that the wicket provided made for some fantastic cricket. Previous Stan James Review Test matches on that ground had been played on really flat pitches and we’d seen three double-hundreds scored there, but the bwin betting advice assured us that this one was looking different – and they were right.

The quality of the spin bowlers – on both sides – made it a brilliant game to watch from a neutral point of view.

Unfortunately for England though, the difference between the two teams wasn’t down to the quality of bowling but the quality of batting. Pakistan had a much better time with the bat and that’s the simple reason to why they won, and they deserved it.

England put themselves in a great position in the last innings by restricting Pakistan to 145 but they failed to deal with the spin.

I found it strange that England seemed to be playing backwards when it was crying out to be played forward. We seems tentative and safe while Pakistan, even Misbah-ul-Haq was hitting down the ground for sixes.

I recall England getting batting experts to learn how to deal with Shane Ward a few years ago, as you need to have the quick feet to try and change the length of the bowl, and that you need to be proactive in getting runs rather

I’m sure that’s the thought process for the current England players, but there’s a difference between having a plan and then executing it. They are unable to do what is necessary to combat spin.

They need the confidence to do it and that requires a clear and decisive mind. They also need the technique to be able to do it. England’s batsmen are lacking both of those things right now.


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