England bowled poorly at Old Trafford albeit in difficult conditions, says Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain claims the difficult conditions shouldn’t conceal the simple fact that England’s bowlers had a day in Old Trafford.
Let’s be truthful, England were bad now. But I think you need to set it it’s turned into a very, very tough day for bowling. Any bowler who has played windy conditions, it was cold as well, will tell you have difficult it is to get to any kind of rhythm.
Following a long hard summera day like that was hard work and it looks a bit flat. The pitch is a absolute belter and after what happened at Headingley, what is going to look a bit flat. You’ve gone from 1 extreme to the next.
Just the body language to get a cold day like that – and it was chilly chilly out there – players do wander around with their hands in their pockets so that it seems somewhat flat, since you’ve got handwarmers in your pockets.
You have to give it a bit of context but doesn’t take away from the simple fact that I believed they were bad.
A fantastic spell bowled, but I believed it was wrong that Jofra Archer bowled seven balls until the lunch break at Steve Smith.
This was the competition that was crucial and after Smith was at, Joe Root had 2 choices: to maintain Archer moving after he had already bowled five overs and jar him and proceed at him. Or take off him and bring him before lunch, you’ve given him a break so then you are able to request him to actually steam in for three or four overs of bitterness.
We got that and neither enabled Smith to settle and we all know once he settles he is a really hard rock.
He hasn’t looked bothered has there really been a time of sustained hostility at him? Has anyone gone round the wicket at him? Has anybody targeted him? Just a tiny bit but not actually, and it is a pitch to play with the brief ball.
Smith stated himself on interview this morning he was looking forward to batting on it because it goes through, it’s a little bit like an pitch. It is not quick so as it will go in brief, you can escape the way if it but you can trust the bounce.
A number of the pitches in this show have been two-paced and you also don’t know whether to duck or sway. I think they’ve shifted their technique marginally as well, Smith and Marnus Labuschagne were swaying to try and avoid Archer’s bouncers but because he nips the ball at the ball was following them what they have done now is duck out of their way, offside of it and allow the ball move.
Personally, I want to get why he had been left out and a little more of an explanation on Chris Woakes. He is a great cricketer and England may know something concerning his fitness, he is going into the’red zone’ or his knee but, for me personally, a Woakes would maintain my side. That’s nothing against Craig Overton, he is a good cricketer today and he’s done well.
The chunk to get Labuschagne was an absolute beauty, there’s not a whole lot in the pitch and everything I’ve said about the conditions throughout the afternoon applies to Overton as it does to Archer and everybody else – it has not been an easy day.
I was surprised they did not have the bails in Old Trafford. I couldn’t feel that, particularly up here and with the forecast being exactly what it was.
I have played many a game where they have known for the heavy bails and the other evening I was watching my child play in the Essex league in which they just took the bails off, like they did now, so I have seen it in club cricket although not in cricket earlier!
For a while, states were appalling; it was icy cold, blustery wind crisp packets and also at one stage there was a beach ball blowing round the floor.
This was a very hard afternoon and play into the spectators who observed all of that since you’ve got to be a cricket lover along with a soul to do that and sat through it.
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