Post by irishrover on Nov 22, 2016 0:39:45 GMT
Anyone any views on our performances so far in India?
Two Tests in and I think we've done creditably on what is without doubt our toughest looking away tour. We've hung in there without ever really looking like we were likely to turn a game decisively in our favour - save a brief moment of India panic on the final day of the 1st Test. It certainly hasn't been the annihilation that was predicted so far - partly I think because India are always quite conservative and like to put on a batting show for their TV audience so tend to prepare quite dead wickets rather than the raging Bunsens that Bangladesh laid on for us. Having said that we've held up better than expected but still really clinging on against the spin. Hameed looks the business but Duckett has done little to convince me he's ever going to be anything more than a one day specialist (strange role he's being asked to play though - little evidence in his career of being a spin specialist yet asked to bat at 4, if our options are that limited I don't know why Bell isn't out there really). Bowling wise we've looked OK - the spinners have battled hard but obviously struggled to match India. Nice to see Rashid finally get something that looks a little bit like a moment in the sun. Also, we were always bound to get pegged by Kohli at some point - the guy is too good for his crap record against England to continue to stand up, especially in home conditions. I still think we will lose comfortably overall but I'm confident we will put up a decent fight, which I wasn't after the Bangladesh series at all.