England bowled poorly at Old Trafford albeit in difficult conditions, says Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain says the tough conditions shouldn’t hide the fact that England’s bowlers had a day at Old Trafford.
Let’s be truthful, England were poor now. But I believe you need to set it in a bit of context, it’s been very, very tough day for bowling. Any bowler who has played in such windy conditions, it was cold will inform you’ve got difficult it is to get in any sort of rhythm.
A day like this has been tough work and additionally, it looks a bit flat. The pitch is a absolute belter and after what occurred in the Headingley, what will seem a little bit flat. You’ve gone from 1 extreme to the next.
Additionally the body language to get a freezing cold day like this – and it was arctic cold out there – gamers do walk around with their hands in their pockets so it seems somewhat flat because you have got handwarmers in your pockets.
You have to give a bit of context to it but that doesn’t take away from the simple fact that I believed they were poor.
A fantastic new-ball spell bowled, but I thought it was wrong that Jofra Archer only bowled seven balls before the lunch break at Steve Smith.
That was and after Smith was previously in, Joe Root had 2 choices: to maintain Archer moving after he had already bowled five overs and jar him for a longer spell, eight or nine overs, and proceed at him. Or then put him back just before lunch and take off him, you have given him a rest so you can request him to steam for four or three overs of hostility.
We got that allowed Smith to settle and we know once he excels he is a hard rock.
He has not really looked troubled at all has there actually been a time of hostility in him? Has anyone gone around the wicket in him? Has anybody targeted him? A small bit but not actually, and it is a pitch to play the short ball.
Smith said himself interview this morning since it does go through, he was looking forward to batting on it, it’s a bit like a pitch. It is not fast but you can expect the rebound so as it does go in summary, you can get if it out of the way.
Some of those pitches within this show are two-paced and you do not know whether to duck or sway. I think they have shifted their technique marginally too, Smith and Marnus Labuschagne were swaying to try and avoid Archer’s bouncers but since he nips the ball at the ball was after them what they have done today is duck out of their way, offside of it and allow the ball move.
As for me, I want to get a bit more of an excuse on Chris Woakes and why he was left out. He is a good cricketer and England might know something he is going into the’zone’ or his knee but, for me personally, a fit Woakes would maintain my hands. That is nothing against Craig Overton, he is a good cricketer and he has done now.
The chunk for Labuschagne was an absolute beauty, a whole lot is not from the pitch and what I’ve said about the conditions applies to Overton because it will to everyone else and Archer – .
I was pretty surprised they didn’t have the bails at Old Trafford. I could not believe that, particularly up here and together with the forecast being exactly what it was.
I’ve played in many a match where they have called for the heavy bails and another evening I was watching my son play in the Essex league in which they just took the bails off, just like they did now, so I’ve seen it at club cricket but not in international cricket earlier!
For a while, states were appalling; it was cold, crisp packets wind, the bails were falling off all of the time, and at one stage a beach ball blew across the floor.
This was a very difficult day since you’ve got to be a true cricket lover and a soul to do that, and fair play into the audiences who sat through it and watched all that.
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