England bowled poorly at Old Trafford albeit in difficult conditions, says Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain claims the conditions shouldn’t conceal the simple fact that England’s bowlers had a day at Old Trafford.
Let us be honest, England were poor today. However, I think you have to put it into a bit of context, it’s turned into a day for bowling. Any bowler who has played in windy conditions, it was cold will inform you have tough it’s to get in any type of rhythm.
After a long summertime, a day like that was tough work and it seems a bit flat. The pitch is still an absolute belter and after what occurred at Headingley, what will seem a little 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 – gamers do walk around with their hands in their pockets so that it seems somewhat flat because you have got handwarmers in your pockets.
You have to give it a little context but doesn’t take away from the fact that I thought they were bad.
I thought it was wrong that Jofra Archer bowled seven chunks prior to the lunch break at Steve Smith, although a brilliant new-ball spell bowled.
This was and Joe Root had just 2 choices: to maintain Archer moving after he had bowled five overs and jar him and go at him once Smith had been in. Or then bring him prior to lunch and take off him, you have given a break to him so you may request him to steam in for three or four overs of hostility.
We got that and neither enabled Smith to listen and most of us know once he excels he is a rock.
He hasn’t looked troubled at all has there actually been a time of hostility at him? Has anyone gone across the wicket in him? Has anybody really targeted him? Just a little bit but not very, and it is a pitch to play the ball .
Smith explained himself vacation this morning he was awaiting batting on it as it goes through, it is a bit like an Australian pitch. It is not quick but you can trust the bounce so as it does go in summary, you can escape the way.
A number of the pitches within this show are two-paced and you also don’t know whether to duck or influence. I believe they’ve shifted their technique marginally also, Smith and Marnus Labuschagne were all rocking to attempt to prevent Archer’s bouncers but since he nips the ball in the ball was following them so what they have done today is phased out of the way, offside of it and let the ball move.
As for me, I would like to have he was left out and a little more of an excuse on Chris Woakes. He is a really good cricketer and England may know something he’s going into the’red zone’ or his knee but, in my hands, a Woakes would be for me. That’s nothing from Craig Overton, he is a great cricketer today, and he has done.
The chunk for Labuschagne was an absolute beauty, a lot is not in the pitch and what I have said about the conditions applies to Overton as it will to everyone else and Archer – it has not been an easy moment.
I was surprised they did not have the thick bails in Old Trafford. I could not feel that, especially up here and with the prediction being what it was.
I have played in many a game where they have known for the heavy bails and another afternoon I was watching my son play in the Essex league where they only took the bails off, like they did today, so I’ve seen it at club cricket but not in international cricket earlier!
For a little while, states were dreadful; it was freezing cold, crisp packets breeze, and the bails were falling all the time off, and in one point there was a beach ball blowing across the floor.
This was a very hard day and play to the audiences who watched all of that since you have to be a true cricket buff along with a soul to do that and stumbled through it.
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