Post by irishrover on Nov 24, 2017 11:42:35 GMT
If you'd have said Stoneman, Vince and Malan will all get 50s and 9-11 score 15 between them I think most would have assumed we'd get 400 plus. Unfortunately our shoe-in's haven't really contributed and I think the balance is marginally with Australia at present.
Along with the batting, the other question going into the series was whether we could take wickets with the old ball. The signs so far aren't too promising in that regard.#
I think that was a golden missed opportunity to get 400+. I still think even without Stokes that is the area in which we should have a big advantage over Australia - the ability to reliably score big runs 6-8 in the order. The truth is they just batted poorly - we weren't done by good bowling - which is what is really disappointing. Moeen and Malan looked entirely comfortable and the Aussies were beginning to look a bit ragged and I was getting quite confidence that we'd get a good score. They'd done the hard work and then threw it away and we folded meekly having battled so hard the day before. It shows that you have to keep fighting in these situations - it doesn't suddenly become easy. Hard to be critical of Malan but it was a poor shot to get out that started the cascade, Moeen if you're being generous got a decent ball but Bairstow and Woakes dismissals were just dire and they looked like players who in that horrible modern batting parlance 'didn't have a plan'.
What it means is that whatever happens tomorrow (and I still think we could make this a close 1st innings score if we nip a couple out early on - especially as we're not miles away from a new ball) our batsmen are going to be under big pressure in the 2nd innings - and history shows that when England teams in Australia traditionally crumble. You need a decent first innings lead and we gave ourselves every chance of getting one on Day 1 and threw it away on Day 2. Australia clear favourites now although it's been a slow game so far by modern standards and the draw may start to come into play.