Clearly not the former... Seems like we've been talking about the death of Test cricket since at least the 1980s. Ain't happened yet.Demise meaning what? Lack of spectators? Lack of being taken seriously?
Clearly not the former... Seems like we've been talking about the death of Test cricket since at least the 1980s. Ain't happened yet.
Is the Test team really struggling? We lost heavily to India in India, but that's hardly unusual. I think I'm right in saying that prior to this summer, losing to an extremely strong New Zealand team, the last home Test series we lost was a very tight two-gamer against Sri Lanka in 2014. That's pretty remarkable.
Looking at the team it feels like we've got a really solid seam bowling unit - even with all of Archer, Broad, Wood and Woakes injured, and Stokes missing - how would the Aussies get on if Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood were out? It's easy to make arguments about who should be picked at wicket keeper but while I guess most of us here would prefer to see a genuine specialist like Foakes, it wouldn't be an unarguably idiotic decision to play Buttler there if he was in some kind of batting form.
Batting is definitely a bit frail at the moment but if Hameed can cement the opening position, Stokes returns, and Pope recovers from injury and starts to fulfil his undoubted promise then all of a sudden that could start looking a bit rosier.
All in all yeah, we're certainly not world-beaters right now but no team should ever be the unchallenged best. Words like "demise" I just don't understand at all.
My hunch is that the high win percentages of the modern captains may also be a function of the decline in the percentage of drawn games. It would be interesting to see the table configured for the percentage of matches not lost.I guess the existential argument is that the structure of the game below the test level are all teaching people to play short form cricket (although I'd blame the BCCI and TV companies more than the ECB), which is possibly reflected in the somewhat perilous batting.
But as someone who grew up watching the England team between 1988 through the 90s funeral rites do seem an over-reaction... Amazing how recent those very winning (in % terms not just raw numbers, too) captains all are - surely a lot of that is down to central contracts and the professionalism that came out of that.
My hunch is that the high win percentages of the modern captains may also be a function of the decline in the percentage of drawn games. It would be interesting to see the table configured for the percentage of matches not lost.
Draw is actually the favourite option on our NZ TAB ($2.15), followed by an Indian win ($2.95), and least favoured an English win ($3.35). Not much of a spread though and those odds will change very quickly.Fascinating days play in prospect. Draw the least likely result for me.
Issue will be fitness of Anderson & Robinson given the cumulative overs bowled. The 146 overs England bowled in 2nd innings is in the legs of all the bowlers. Return of Wood imperative and maybe a second spinner.Think they are good enough to come back at old Trafford. Two closely matched sides.
Indeed, the first hour after lunch with Jadeja and Bumrah was match winning. The fact that the wickets were also shared between the bowlers was testament to Kohli's bowling changes. Overall an inspirational performance by the Indians. Which will be no doubt taken to Old Trafford, where presently the weather will have little effect. So an outcome is on the cards.I think the collapse is down to excellent bowling by India more than anything else.