- My dear old things, it's STW TMS!
I’m not so sure reverse swing is as simple as that, but you do have the bit about looking after the ball correct.
Seam angle and wrist position play a big part as does the pace you can bowl it. I only worked out how to do it in the later part of my career and sadly to late to exploit.
Honestly, I never had to angle the seam to do it (and in both directions although it usually ‘went’ a bit more as an inswinger to a leftie (I was a left armer)). We played with Dukes balls and so long as the ball kept its shape and you could get a ‘heavy shine’ back on one side on a hot dry day with dry ground conditions, it would ‘go’.
I only worked it out in 2006 and it was an accident. I had a rare very good day with the new ball ending the league game we were playing early as a result (a good thing as we had a cup final on the Sunday). We went back to our ground (we were away that day) and some of our second teamers were having a net. As I hadn’t exerted myself much in our game I picked up an old ball, shined it a lot and it just happened.
After that it was a matter of recognising when conditions in a game were advantageous and then letting the rest of the fielders know not to muck around with the ball. I also used to carry an old ball with me to winter nets so that for the second half of the session I could practice it. It was way easier for me to control than conventional swing.Posted 1 month ago
So, what’s the team for the second test? Anderson is obviously out, I would assume Moeen too, and the persistence with Denly baffles me, but then so does picking an unfit fast bowler and an all-rounder completely out of form. We could bring in Archer, Leach and Foakes (Bairstow to play as specialist batsman).Posted 1 month agoconvertSubscriber
Oh dear. it does make the Aussie 2nd innings look very impressive. And the English bowling selection look a bit silly. Any word on why Woakes bowled so few overs yesterday?
(Bairstow to play as specialist batsman).
Would his recent red ball form in any way justify that?Posted 1 month agolungeSubscriber
I think the bowling is OK, they really missed Jimmy but with him they’d have been fine. Even if he’s out for the next test, the seamers are fine.Posted 1 month ago
Moeen is a conversation. His batting is poor at the moment, there must be better options, though I don’t know who they are.
Batting wise, we need an opener and arguably have since Strauss retired. I’m not sure Burns is the answer, in fact I’m pretty sure he’s not, but he gets a stay of execution. Roy should be nowhere near the test team.
Bairstow needs to just bat and give the gloves to either Butler or bring back in Foakes. His footwork when keeping is terrible, and I think all day behind the stumps is affecting his batting. In fact, sod it, can we use Sarah Taylor?stevenmenmuirMember
Found the cricmetric site and England’s much vaunted middle order has actually been pretty poor since 2016. Now it doesn’t help if your first three keep getting out cheaply but you could argue that they could all be replaced. Foakes for Bairstow, Curran for Stokes or Buttler, Leach for Moeen. Move Woakes up. But England won’t make drastic changes.Posted 1 month ago
Roy is not a test match opener
Jason Roy has edged or missed 29% of the balls he's faced in Test cricket. In the last 12 months, only one Test opener (min 3 matches) has a higher false shot percentage. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/3fyiQ2NuV1
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 15, 2019
Burns ain’t doing much better !Posted 1 month ago
MY Mrs ( who knows far more about cricket than I do) keeps on saying ” Whatever the question is Denly is not the answer”
She also thinks the sun shines out of Roots backside
Your Mrs speaks sense.
Root has easily enough credit in the bank as a captain and a batsman to be safe well past the end of this series.
She is also right on the Denly point – however, even though he is not the answer to the question “who is a better bet than Denly?”, I don’t know that there is an answer to that one.Posted 1 month ago
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