England bowled poorly at Old Trafford albeit in difficult conditions, says Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain claims the tough conditions should not conceal the simple fact that England’s bowlers had a bad day in Old Trafford.
Let us be honest, England were poor today. However, I believe you need to set it into a bit of context, it’s turned into a day for bowling. Any bowler who has played in such windy conditions, it was freezing cold also, will inform you’ve got difficult it is to get in any type of rhythm.
A day just like that has been hard work and it looks a bit flat. The pitch is still an absolute belter and also after what happened in the Headingley, what is going to seem a little bit flat. You have gone from 1 extreme to another.
Only the body language to get a freezing cold day like that – and it had been arctic cold out there – players do wander around with their hands in their pockets so it looks somewhat flat because you’ve got handwarmers in your pockets.
doesn’t eliminate the fact that I believed they were bad although you have to give it a bit of context.
A fantastic spell bowled, however I thought it was wrong that Jofra Archer bowled seven balls prior to the lunch break at Steve Smith.
That was the competition that was key and Joe Root had two choices: to maintain Archer moving after he had bowled five overs and jar him and go once Smith was in. Or take off him and put him back just before lunch, you’ve given him a rest so you can ask him to really steam in for three or even four overs of bitterness.
We got that enabled Smith to listen and all of us know once he settles he is a rock.
He hasn’t looked troubled at all has there actually been a time of sustained hostility in him? Has anyone gone round the wicket at him? Has anybody targeted him? A tiny bit but not very, and it is likewise a pitch to play on the short ball.
Smith said himself on interview this morning since it does go through, he was looking forward to batting on it, it is a tiny bit like an pitch. It is not quick so as it will go in short, you can get out of the way if it but you can expect the rebound.
A number of the other pitches within this show are two-paced and you also do not know whether to duck or influence. I think they’ve changed their technique marginally also, Smith and Marnus Labuschagne were all rocking to attempt to prevent Archer’s bouncers but because he nips the ball in the chunk was after them so what they’ve done now is phased out of the way, offside of it and allow the ball go.
As for me, I want to have why he had been left out and a little more of an excuse on Chris Woakes. He’s a really great cricketer and England may know something he’s going into the’red zone’ or his knee but, for me personally, a Woakes would be in my side. That’s nothing against Craig Overton, he is a great cricketer and he’s done well today.
The ball to get Labuschagne was a complete beauty, there is not a whole lot in the pitch and what I’ve said about the terms throughout the afternoon applies to Overton as it does to Archer and everyone else – .
I was surprised that they didn’t have the bails in Old Trafford. I couldn’t think that, using the prediction and especially up here what it was.
I’ve played many a game where they have called for the significant bails and the other day I was watching my son play in the Essex league in which they merely took the bails off, just as they did now, so I’ve seen it in club cricket although not in cricket earlier!
For a while, states were dreadful; it was freezing cold, crisp packets wind, the bails were falling all the time off, and at one stage a beach ball blew round the floor.
It was a very hard afternoon and fair play into the spectators who watched all that since you’ve got to be a cricket buff and a hardy soul to do that and sat through it.
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