hi Rob, I have had the mixed fortune to be able to watch every ball from my recliner and also have empathy with the virus stricken by catching what may be the same affliction being suffered by the sqaud.
Having had to drag myself into work for Christmas day to cover a preareanged shift, fortunately spent mainly alone in an office, I have to commend anyone who has even managed to put whites on, never mind be involved on 90mph bowling in any capacity while fighting the most debiliating bug I can recall in my life.
Looking at the batting to come, it struck me just how little Branderson appear to contribute to the team when not bowling these days. Both are talented batsmen and fielders, Jimmy perhaps only second to Stokes in the slips. Both unfortunately give the impression that batting is no more than a hinderence and their place on the fielding team is where they are least likely to see the ball. This from a man with a proper test ton and another with plenty of evidence of talent, and they should be batting 8 and 10 in this side, not leaving Archer to cop the critisism for the failing tail, and taking pressure off Curran to simply bat without expectations.
Nobody since Strauss has really been strong enough with the pair, so it was refreshing to see Stokes laying down the law at Broad yesterday. Perhaps the leadership to get the best from the old stagers is there, just in the wrong role at the moment.
Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2019/dec/29/south-africa-v-england-tourists-need-376-to-win-first-test-on-day-four-live
Publish date : 2019-12-29 11:07:00