14.12.07

Treading Water

After a couple of days of tracking down the Colombo close scores in the internet cafes of New York City I returned home to see the second Test played to its ultimately rather dreary conclusion. Peter Moores sounded optimistic this morning - it's one of his strong points - but, although England were good value for their draw in the end, they look to me like a team that's treading water. Enough batsmen are in form but the hundreds (with Bell, as usual, especially culpable) won't come, and the bowling attack is solid but lacks penetration. If they can get Hoggard back for Galle it will help, and, with the wicket expected to take spin, Graeme Swann's name may be discussed. You also have to wonder about the selection of Bopara when he's doing hardly any bowling.

So, for Galle it has to be a won toss, hundreds from any two of Cook, Vaughan and Bell, and some penetrative spells from Harmison, Hoggard and Panesar.

Should be easy...

2 comments:

Scorpicity (from cricketfizz.com) said...

As long as they keep bumbling catches, they are never going to win.., Sri lanka will play hard for a draw and keep the series.

cricket-memories said...

SSC's wicket had slowed down over the years. This is a wicket that produced
tests going to the wire. It used to assist seam bowlers on the first day,
becomes a batting paradise on days 2,3, and 4, and cracks on the 5th day to assist spinners. It's sad that this has become so slow which resulted in a boring finish for the second test.

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