Michael Clarke has promised the entire world in his retirement speech that he would like to do some wonders in the pitch with the croquet mallet right on next Ashes collision in the year 2017/18, Australia……..hopefully he will fulfill his promise. The decision he took for batting after winning the toss in Edgbaston was absolute blunder. If he had followed England’s win after winning the toss and batting first in Edgbaston in one of the previous matches then he should have considered that Pietersen was present on that very team whether he bats well or not keeping him in the team itself is a bigger pressure for his opponents[Clarke himself admitted]. If Clarke would have rectified the toss decision and avoided batting first then things could have been proved that England Cricket team is standing right there where they were just before few months. Retirement is the only safe thing he could ever do after Ashes defeat??
2001 Ashes stats says it was Edgbaston when Australia chose to field after winning the toss and eventually won the game and another occasion in Trentbridge England won the toss and chose to bat where Aussies got the advantage of bowling first and won.
Keep a close watch on Mark Wood………………in absence of Jimmy, he could be lethal…………….I have seen his bowling in the first test.
i) Shane Watson could be reconsidered once more so far experience[his, not mine 🙂 ] is concerned.
ii) Test batting is all about perseverance……….batsmen have ample time to judge ball and take shots……its more important how long one could stay on the crease. Patience is the main key.
[Andy Bull’s article brings out Don Bradman’s genius idea :when in doubt about the pitch flip the batting order…… send the tailenders first] To implement anything unconventional one should have proper strategy.
from a humble scribbler
Lets wipe out Edgbaston memory and start afresh like a beginner.
i) practice session :spend at least 5-6 hours a day in the field like a professional test match day…………for Michael Clarke and the rest of the batters: practice batting with competitive bowlers………..practice with your own team bowlers so that you could understand where you are lacking. Huge batting practice is needed. [ the tailenders performed well on the last day of the previous match much to our surprise.]
ii) thorough study of each batsman of your opponents……………..their strong position…………….onside or offside……..which ball they play comfortably, which one they want to avoid or not so strong to face, their best played shots and according to that change of field positions……………….take your coach and go for constant discussion on bowling and field changing ………its time consuming but once practiced is worthy to implement.
iii) Let Michael Clarke play in 5th position………….Adam Vogue is not in the run…………lets start with Chris Rogers, Dave Warner, Steve Smith, Adam Vogue, Michael Clarke, Peter Nevill and so on…………..let Clarke regain his form. Give him some time.
iv) The five bowling combination is okay……………..in any case for experience you need to call back Haddin [if not as a wk but as a batter] don’t hesitate……….there should be no ego play in profession.
v) Pitch study and toss: take it that you guys lost Edgbaston toss and were sent to bat so you have to be prepared to bat or bowl in any condition………………… the way you prepare the team that toss should play only 2% chance because its sheer luck; in spite of that, discuss with coach and other teammates about the pitch and the chances you are going to take once you win the toss. [Dave Warner perhaps not agreed with the toss decision in the first innings of Edgbaston Test as he was seen chatting with the non striker while a crucial decision had gone upstairs for reviewing(score 7/1). Even the call for review was pretty casual. Take it as a feedback not as a criticism]
for Michael Clarke : please dont say again that they have played with 11 and we with 10. We all are with you.
hope its not looking flashy, just wanted to put some insight 🙂
Its sad the way Australia failed in the recent Edgbaston test but the positive side is the interest is still retained in the contest. Was reading viewers review about Michael Clarke and reason of the possible failure. Some says, that it might be Phillip Hughes death creating havoc on Michael Clarke………………..like many I also believe this firmly. If that is the case let us help Michael Clarke by supporting him so that he can perform and lead the team the way he should as a Captain. Every cricketer goes through rough phases in life, bad form, injury and many other reasons loom large over performance, one has to overcome them, regular focus and concentration is needed for that. Accept his death and move on Clarke. We all have tragedies in life, some are fatal, some are brutal, still we try to survive, try to overcome. You have to try it to the level best for your overall betterment. May the almighty bless you for your immense sensitivity. But one should be professional enough when you are playing International Cricket………take your teammates support, your large number of fans support on your side and be strong. Look around and see, think about Kevin Pietersen, so far I noticed very few people in this world would like to speak good about him. He is in good form, I have seen his innings in CPL one is 72 and another one is 83 both are superb innings…but one wrong decision, giving ball to Fletcher in second final over and they lost the tournament……… Only because a certain group of people do not like him to play for England, he is out of the team……………..don’t you think he is in pain? Only because he could not solicit himself properly in front of the team he is out of it. Can anybody ever give a single scratch in his confidence? None……. He is strong and going stronger this days. Wish you good luck Michael Clarke and be strong.
No decision is bad until and unless we fail to execute it. Want to see a fire missile in Johnson’s bowling. Rest is upto you guys………to be or not to be 🙂 .
1) When things going wrong Michael Clarke would have tried his hand in bowling ……………..”may be” England is still not comfortable with slow left arm orthodox.
2) After Michael Clarke’s dismissal[even Voges] in the second innings there are still hopes that Brad Haddin and Shane Watson could have built a solid partnership so that the match can be taken towards a draw . No such solid partnership is seen throughout. Communication gap??
3) Michelle Johnson’s 77 is appreciative but he was much needed to set fire with his bowling in the first innings……….the stats are pretty disappointing.
4) The match was much taken away from Australia right on first innings first day game. 🙂
by a non cricketer………cricket novice… thankfully 😛
A BLEAK RESPONSE TO A TEMPTED YORKER !