Post by irishrover on Aug 21, 2017 13:57:39 GMT
If anyone can be bothered with this one.....
Personally I don't think we learnt anything very important from the Edgbaston Test. It just reconfirmed that a full strength England Test XI will completely wipe the floor with West Indies B side which is what this is. I'm confident we'd easily beat Windies anyway but I was watching some games in the Carribean T20 and I'm pretty sure I could construct 2 whole Windies XI's that would be better than this one - it's bloody sad. Like I said on the match report thread I put up on the Bury game, I was at Radcliffe CC on Saturday and they had a whole row of pictures of all the pros they've had over the years. Frank Worrell, Gary Sobers, Sonny Ramadhin, Malcolm Marshall, Eldine Baptiste. It was ridiculous - Sobers actually played there when he had just broken the Test record for highest innings. It would be like Pele winning the World Cup in 62 and then signing for Paulton Rovers. It should have been pleased to be somewhere like that but instead I was just sad - firstly about the current state of that club but mainly because I can't see Windies having players of that quality anymore.
The pink ball thing was alright but I don't think we found much out about how our players will react to it when the going gets a bit tough under lights down under. It was so one sided it didn't really matter what we did. Again, we found ourselves 40 odd for 2 with the new guys struggling. Westley looks fundamentally flawed technically to me. It's all very well saying 'I'm a legside' player but if your bat comes down constantly at an angle, world class bowlers will exploit that. I don't think I want him at 3 for the Ashes at this stage. Malan remains a fairly uninspiring choice I feel. Stoneman was just plain unlucky though - got an unplayable ball on a day when it looked like Windies could bowl till Christmas and not produce anything like that.
So it was all too easy really and I think it will probably get easier too at Headingley.