England take Root and Cook Pakistan's bowlers

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Mercenary, Jul 22, 2016.

England take Root and Cook Pakistan's bowlers

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Mercenary, Jul 22, 2016.

by Abdul Habib
Jul 22, 2016 at 7:35 PM
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    Day 1 began with Misbah losing the toss to Cook and then admitting that Pakistan had really, really wanted to bat first. That statement gave us a clue to the sort of day that was in store.

    Despite all the hype about how green the wicket was and how much higher the ball bounces at Old Trafford the surface was a good one for batting.

    It was evident after the first few overs that the ball was carrying through to the keeper and slips at chest height but Pakistan ignored this. They kept their slip cordon too close to the batsman resulting in some missed chances that would have been taken easily if the slips had been standing further back.

    This was the opposite of what they did at Lords where they stood too far back on a low bouncing pitch.

    I know the slip fielders follow the lead of the keeper but with experienced slippers like Hafeez and Younis around why didn’t either of them intervene and move the slip cordon further back today?

    These are the small things than can make a difference between ending the day on 314/4 instead of 280/8. If wickets fall early then the pressure on the incoming batsmen will yield more wickets throughout the day.

    The missed chances early on meant that Pakistan ended up watching Root and Cook vying to see who would get to 50 first and then who would get to 100 first. Once both batsmen had settled, there was no way they were letting Pakistan back into the game.

    Whilst the bounce in the pitch hasn’t bothered the English batsmen who are used to playing it. It’s likely to be a different story for the Pakistani batsmen who are used to slow and low pitches.

    Lords seems like a long time ago and it will take a special performance from one of Pakistan’s batsmen to get them back into this game.
     
Habib conducts player interviews and writes articles for Cricistan.
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