Monday, 8 January 2007

Post-mortems

After Australia secured the Ashes, I compiled post-mortems on England's batting and bowling. Sadly, they remain as relevant today after England's thrashings in the last two Tests. It could have reasonably been hoped that a young side would improve as the series wore on; instead, the differences between the two sides were exacerbated.

Post-mortem (1): England's batsmen - The vast majority of what I said remains true, although Paul Collingwood, who failed to pass 30 in his past seven innings and was unable to impose himself whatsoever, now looks vulnerable. And the tail-end batting was abominable.

Post-mortem (2): England’s bowling - England's bowling remained poor in the final two games, Steve Harmison's slight upturn in form about the only positive. James Anderson's relative success in the last Test means he will be above the erratic Sajid Mahmood in the pecking order, though Chris Tremlett, Stuart Broad and Jon Lewis all have strong cases to be selected for England's next Test, against the West Indies.

3 comments:

Chrispy said...

Yep, Colliwobble is starting to look a bit suspect outside off. Averaged over 100 in the first two tests, then 17 thereafter. Prehaps he also was up for the fight initially then ran out of gas. Or more likely the Aussies found him out once they got him away from the placid plains of Adelaide.

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