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Posted on | April 3, 2012 | 1 Comment
Last year Jimmy Anderson said this England team could be the best England team of all time. My answer to that is: “Don’t make us laugh, Jimmy.” You and your mates can’t go on pretending you are the best team in the world now, never mind ever.
If we can’t win in the sub-continent then England are a one-dimensional team. We are very good if pitches are true and the seamers can dominate. As soon as the pitch becomes a slow turner and demands adjustment in technique and temperament from the batsmen we make silly mistakes.
The problem is these guys don’t bat as a unit. We have had six innings against Pakistan and two against Sri Lanka and the batsmen are the main reason England have lost four Test matches on the trot.
When are England going to learn? We have so many backroom staff now. There is a full-time batting coach in Graham Gooch and a full-time senior coach in Andy Flower. Both have excellent Test match records yet nothing has changed.
Somebody has to start asking the tough questions. To Andrew Strauss: why were you sweeping off the stumps in the first innings? Why were you trying to hit over the top in the second innings? That is not your game.
To Kevin Pietersen: why in the first innings did you play so far in front of your pad first ball after lunch? The gap was so big you could have driven your car through it. Then why did you try and hit it in the air so early in the second innings on the fourth morning?