Friday, June 02, 2017

England Beat Bangladesh By 8 Wickets In Their Opening Match.

In their first ICC group match yesterday, England were pressed hard by a decent Bangladeshi side. Chasing 305, after putting the Asian team into bat first, the result was never in any doubt, however, after superb batting by Hales with 95 and an undefeated, chanceless century from Sheffield's Joe Root.

If some batsmen got it so very right, why do questions still need to be asked?
Well, the lamentably out of form Jason Roy was again played in preference to Jonny Bairstow - a man in the best form of his career - in a decision which defied any logic. 
Jason duly obliged by failing to make double figures whilst Jonny was presumably seething as he carried the drinks and only came onto the pitch as a substitute fielder.
The bowling was moderate as Ben Stokes was too unfit to bowl a full spell; Rashid was dropped for reasons unapparent making the attack very samey; the half fit Woakes had to leave the pitch injured after just two overs; Jake Ball went for eight an over!
Tipped to win this - the hardest of all international tournaments - England look woefully undercooked. This was not helped by dropped catches and some bizarre captaincy at times. (NO slip to a new batsmen who promptly edges the ball through the slip area?)
With games against both Australia and New Zealand yet to come - England will need to do a lot better in order to progress to the semi finals!