Can England maintain test dominance?

June 18, 2012 at 8:25 am 1 comment

Former West Indies batsman Sir Viv Richards has claimed England have found a winning mentality that will create a “legacy” in cricket, following their recent dogged 2-0 series win over the Caribbean side.

England were dominant yet lethargic in the first and second Tests this May, but did enough to keep the West Indies – who are currently seventh in the ICC Test Rankings – at bay.

The series will be remembered by the Betfair cricket community for an uncharacteristic nine-wicket scalp in the second Test at Nottingham, where Andrew Straus hit at stunning 141 and James Anderson took four second-innings wickets.

Yet Richards was more impressed with England’s batting order that clawed their way back from the West Indies’ first-innings total of 370.

That innings proved England’s ability to scrape their way back into a game, as opposed to just emphatically winning it. This, according to Richards, is what Straus’ side needs to maintain if they are to hold “legendary” status in decades to come.

But can England upkeep their recent run of form?

Leaving aside a ridiculous Test series against Pakistan in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the team have been in good form this past 12 months, beating India last summer and Sri Lanka on the sub-continent.

With three Tests against South Africa penned in for July and August, England Cricket betting tips suggest that the team must be on their A-game to maintain their place as the best side in the world.

England will probably need to scrape a draw or two against an in-form South Africa, who will be looking to use their 1-0 Test victory over New Zealand as a springboard towards taking top spot in the world rankings.

A mean South African attack will serve as a mark to judging just how stable the English batting order is, and Straus will have to rely on his bowlers again to see him through this summer unscathed.


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  • 1. theboundaryrider  |  June 21, 2012 at 1:23 am

    England are a good side but I don’t think they’ll dominateas much as the best Australian teams did. They had a shocker away to Pakistan and I wouldn’t say they were convincing against an average Sri Lankan side. They’re facing a massive test against South Africa.


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