a reply to: UpThenDown
A truly appalling decision to go for the run.
What's going on the batsman's mind?
That's not a technical failing....its just a bad choice.
Our players have made a seemingly endless number of them.
Could you imagine Cook, Strauss or Atherton making the same shout in similar circumstances?
No bloody way!
But its not just the players.
What about the selections?
Ollie Pope has looked woefully out of form - he's played no cricket for months prior to this tour - and is the epitome of the proverbial scared
So we recall him for this Test and don't select Dan Lawrence, who in turn must now think 'How crap must I be if they won't give me a chance in this
They picked Robinson - who did look a decent bowler in the first part of the series - despite concerns about his fitness levels.
He's that knackered he managed 8 overs and now looks like he's too tired and unfit to bowl again in this Test.
Why #ing pick him then?
Its shear bloody lunacy.
Making the same mistakes over and over again.
They called Billings up.
They should have called Vince and even maybe Hales up as well.
And if Livingstone is anywhere near Australia they should have given him a shout as well.
Malan caught down leg side, again.
I'm a massive Stokes fan - who can't be?
But he's had a long series after an extended period off now looks very tired.
He needs protecting, him and Root - who has never scored an Ashes Test century - are England's only two World Class players at present.
Some of Root's on field decisions have been baffling.
He has an inability to think out in the middle and to change pre-determined tactics that aren't working and to adapt to circumstances.
I could go on and on and on......