Walks softly carries a big stick.
- Jul 13, 2003
Reckon Labschange n Head did a brilliant job of taking control off the Poms. One of the commentators made mention of the positioning of the two at the crease which simply threw the Poms off their bowling.Was amazing really.
They had us 3 for 12 doing the one thing they haven't done all series, starting the day bowling a consistently good length just outside off and holding catches. Simple stuff.
Then Head and Labuschagne decide to counter attack.
The Australian bowling attack would have been licking their lips at the prospect of the batsmen playing shots in those conditions. They would have stuck to the plan knowing that the mistakes and chances would come.
But England, no. A couple of boundaries and they go defensive. It is like the team focus is to prevent runs at all costs.
Was reasonably early in their pairing and Labuschange was batting out of his crease n coming forward playing off the front foot at every opportunity n Head was batting opposite, on the crease and playing off the back foot. Every time they took a single n rotated strike the bowlers were having to adjust the length they bowled n it completely stuffed them.
Will be watching with interest once the Poms come in to bat, while the pitch was green as yesterday there didn't really seem to be any demons in it so it'll be fun to see if we can get to about 350 n then seriously mess with their bats.