England bowled poorly at Old Trafford albeit in difficult conditions, says Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain says the conditions should not hide the simple fact that England’s bowlers had a day in Old Trafford.
Let’s be truthful, England were bad now. However, I believe you have to place it it’s been a day for bowling. Any bowler who has performed such windy conditions, it was cold will inform you’ve got tough it’s to get in any sort of rhythm.
Following a very long summer, a day like this was hard work and it looks a bit flat. The pitch is a absolute belter and after what happened at Headingley, everything will look a little bit flat. You have gone from 1 extreme to another.
Additionally the body language on a freezing cold day like this – and it had been chilly chilly out there – players do wander around with their hands in their pockets because you’ve got handwarmers in your pockets so it looks somewhat flat.
doesn’t take away from the simple fact that I believed they were bad although you need to give it a little context.
I believed it was incorrect that Jofra Archer only bowled seven balls at Steve Smith, although a brilliant new-ball spell bowled.
This was and after Smith had been in, Joe Root had two options: to maintain Archer moving after he had bowled five overs and jar him and go at him. Or put him back just prior to lunch and take off him, you’ve given a rest to him so you are able to request him to steam for three or even four overs of bitterness.
We got that and neither enabled Smith to settle once he excels he is a difficult rock to 24, and we know.
He has looked troubled has there actually been a time of hostility at him? Has anyone gone round the wicket at him? Has anyone targeted him? A small bit but not really, and it is also a much better pitch to play on the brief ball.
Smith said himself interview this morning because it goes through, that he was awaiting batting on it, it is a tiny bit like a Australian pitch. It is not quick so when it does go in summary, you can escape the way in 27, but you can trust the bounce.
A number of these other pitches within this show are two-paced and you don’t know whether to duck or sway. I think they have shifted their technique slightly too, Smith and Marnus Labuschagne were all rocking to attempt to prevent Archer’s bouncers but since he nips the ball in the ball was after them so what they have done now is duck out of their way, offside of it and let the ball move.
As for me, I want to get he had been left out and a little more of an excuse on Chris Woakes. He is a good cricketer and England might know something he’s entering the’red zone’ or his knee but, for me personally, a Woakes would maintain my hands. That’s nothing against Craig Overton, he is a great cricketer now and he has done.
The chunk for Labuschagne was a complete beauty, a great deal is not in the pitch and what I’ve said throughout the day about the conditions applies to Overton because it does to everybody else and Archer – it hasn’t been an easy day.
I was surprised that they did not possess the bails at Old Trafford. I could not think that, together using the forecast and especially here exactly what it was.
I have played many a game where they have called for the significant bails and another afternoon I was watching my son play at the Essex league where they merely took the bails off, as they did now, so I’ve seen it in club cricket but not in international cricket earlier!
For a while, states were dreadful; it was cold, crisp packets wind, the bails were falling all of the time off, and in one point a beach ball had been blowing across the ground.
This was a very challenging afternoon and fair play to the spectators who stumbled through it and watched all of that since you have to be a soul and a cricket buff to do that.
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