Neville Bartos wrote: Pennywise wrote:
Neville Bartos wrote:
To be honest a lot of this failure is down to poor shot selection. There were opportunities to apply pressure in the first 3 tests, but our batsmen got themselves out.
The last test illustrated everything that was wrong -- well under par first innings score/under little pressure Aussies get a huge score/England collapse on what was still a decent pitch.
The bowling is poor, but the batsmen, in all but one test, have given them nothing much to work with.
Mate, that isn't the biggest problem by a long way. The batsmen, as you said, weren't blown away. Poor shot selection can be remedied.
How many times did we take 10 wickets in 10 innings?
The majority of those pitches favoured the batsman. Which means you need big totals.
No chance in hell our attack was ever going to dig out the Aussies cheaply once the batting came up short.
If the pitch isn't helpful you need the pressure of runs on the board.
Amazing how the Ozzies managed it though and that's the point. Nobody mentioned cheaply either Nev, just getting them out more often than not.
Fact is, as you said, we were never getting them out cheaply as we didn't have the tools to do it. If the pitch isn't helpful to seam, why on Earth are we picking guys who bowl at 80mph and rely on the pitch??
To win in Oz you need pace mate, it has been forever thus.