England cricket team are facing some of the harshest criticism they have ever faced owing to their sub-standard performance in the ongoing Ashes. From wrong bowling combination to dropping catches and no-balls, England has not been helped by their batting too. Geoffry Boycott in his latest article said that the likes of Malan could be a better choice on Australian wickets. He described Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns as ‘walking wickets’.
In the two test matches now, the highest opening partnership for England has been 25 runs. Burns has averaged 30.9 from 19 innings in the year 2021 whereas Hameed has scored 198 runs from 9 innings at an average of 22 in 2021. The last time this opening pair put England in the dominant position was against India in the Headingly test with an opening partnership of 135 runs.
Terming Burns as “Awful” and Hameed as “too simplistic”, the former cricketer said that opening is difficult against good bowlers, which is why so many players want to bat down the order. “Opening the batting against good bowlers with a new ball is the toughest place to bat in Test match cricket. That is why so many guys want to bat down the order.” said Boycott
Earlier, Steve Harmison spoke that the likes of Rory Burn, Haseeb Hameed, Root (as a captain), Malan, and even Bairstow are unlikely to be in the English team after four years. The likes of Michael Vaughan while speaking on ‘The Follow on’ program, did not hesitate in voicing that England may face a 5 – 0 thrashing this time considering their decision-making woes, batting struggles, and sub-part bowling.
Boycott believes that it may be difficult for Root to leave his favorite 4th no. spot and come up the order but may be required if the opening stand continues to flounder. “He doesn’t like it and I agree it is not best asking your star batsman to move from his favourite number four spot.” Boycott said
Bubble life may take its toll on the touring side as Cricket Australia has upscaled the restriction levels to 4 for the remainder of the three test matches from its previous level3 keeping in view of the rising covid cases in New South Wales and Victoria.