The era from 2000s to 2010s had seen some of the quality opening pairs in the history of cricket. Sachin – Sourav, Sachin- Sehwag, Hayden – Langer, Strauss and Cook and etc. England have not been enjoyed a reliable opening pair since a long time, especially on the away tours. The current Ashes has not witnessed an opening partnership of more than 23 for England whereas the team have collapsed not once but thrice, which Stuart Broad acknowledged too. Speaking on the Brag Hogg You tube channel, Steve Harmission opined on the current state of affairs about the England batting line up and said that this is the worst batting line for England in a long time.
In his own words, “Is this the worst England team in a long time? I would say its the worst batting unit, the weakest batting unit we have had for a long long time and this is something that needs rectifying pretty pretty soon and I think it could be as simple as trying to go with the most experienced players they have got on their disposal.”
On their last Australian tour, the team lost by 4 – 0. The openers then Alastair cook and Mark Stoneman were unable to put up a solid opening partnership for the visitors and the middle order led by Root, Malan, Bairstow and Moeen Ali were unable to put up runs.
Harmission further said that the he doesn’t believe the likes of Rory Burns, Root (as captain), Malan, Bairstow. “I go back to what I said 5 minutes ago. I look to my senior players now. We are two nil down on the Ashes. Burns is not coming back to Australia in four years time, Roots not coming back, he’s definitely not coming back as captain, Malan is not coming back, Bairstow is not coming back, Stokes likely won’t come back and neither will Buttler”
England may have some relief as Mitchell Starc may not be fit for the 3rd test match. The bowler had trouble in his back while batting. He did managed to bowl and got crucial wickets of Root before the end of the Day 4 but Cricket Australia have included Scott Boland for the Melbourne test after the assessment of thier bowling group yesterday. The Boxing day test starts on 26th December.