Posted by: tootingtrumpet | July 13, 2010

England vs Bangladesh – ODI Series England Report Card

Andrew Strauss - taking each game as it comes.

Andrew Strauss – Betrayed as much anger with his team as he ever will, after the complacent defeat in the Second ODI; then showed what was required with a very solid 154 in the Third ODI to seal the series. Will be pleased to be striking at well over a run a ball and to have hit 33 boundaries from just over 200 balls received – but the bowling is about to get a lot less friendly in the rest of 2010.

Craig Kieswetter – Down to earth with a bump after his heroics in the World Twenty20, he failed to deliver on his “hit ‘em over the top” brief in the powerplays. That will happen from time to time so he, and the selectors, need to show patience and cash in when it is his day.

Jonathan Trott – Two excellent knocks, playing proper shots and pacing his innings well. Couldn’t quite rescue England’s poor display in the Second ODI, but that was hardly his fault. Has a bit of a look of David Boon about him – old-fashioned, plays at his own pace and lets others do likewise around him.

Colly- Like Kieswetter, a little flat after World T20 heroics. Won’t be worried about his batting – but might be if Aamir Mohammad and friends get into him – and will be pleased to see that his cutters are still effective in English conditions.

Eoin Morgan – Due a quiet series and had one.

Luke Wright – Still can’t find a straightforward role with bat or ball, he has the very tough job of delivering only if others are out early or England need a extra bowler.  Might be the one all-rounder too many when the opposition improve.

Michael Yardy – Like Luke Wright, needs a more clearly defined role, but his hard-to-hit darts and nous with the bat probably put him ahead of his fellow bits and pieces man down the order.

Ravi Bopara – Seized his chance with eye-catching hitting and cheap wickets, but we all know he is capable of looking very good against less than top class opposition. Will he stay in the side for the bigger challenges to come? Might be our Shane Watson, coming good after a few false starts or might be the Mark Ramprakash of his generation.

Tim Bresnan – Looks comfortable in international cricket, but are England’s fans and selectors comfortable with him? Looks a little short of class, but has plenty of heart and likely to be a key member of England’s one-day set-up for the next few years, even if he doesn’t play when everyone is fit.

Stuart Broad – Full of trademark aggression, if somewhat wasted on lower-order batsmen in games already won, he uses the short ball well as an enforcer outside the powerplays. Still not getting wickets as consistently as he would like. At just turned 24, he was the most experienced bowler in the deciding ODI.

Ajmal  Shahzad – Looks likely to take a wicket with every ball, but also looks likely to be injured doing so. Has jumped at his chance in international cricket and may well have shouldered his way past the injured Graham Onions in the reckoning. Another exciting pace prospect produced by the much-maligned county game.

Jimmy Anderson – Expensive and possibly a touch under-motivated in yet another encounter with Bangladesh. England will need him firing against the mercurial Pakistanis and whoever it is we play in the winter.

Ian Bell – Played well, then got himself injured in a bit of a club cricketer’s fall. Showed heart that was much appreciated by the fans in coming out to bat in the Second ODI wearing a slightly ludicrous cast, but it wasn’t enough. Will be slightly anxious about his place in the XI if not in the squad.

James Tredwell – Solid English pro who needs a lot of those ahead of him to be injured or rested before he gets a game. Still ahead of Monty though and, sadly, likely to stay there.

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  1. Kieswetter’s ‘heroics’ in the Carribean included his extreme luck in being dropped five times.

    With the present England set up it is unlikely that any cricketer with talent even approaching that of Mark Ramprakash would be treated as pooly as he was. Why not drop these cheap comparisons.

  2. Patricia – thanks for your views.

    I’d say that heroics include making the most of your luck and that T20 will always have plenty of dropped catches.

    I’d dispute that the comparison with Ramprakash is cheap. Both Ravi and and Ramps are a cut above county cricket, but both have struggled to make the step up. Ramps wouldn’t be treated the same way now, but he did get 52 Tests which is plenty of time to prove himself – he didn’t. Ravi’s next chance to prove himself may be his last.

  3. Kieswetter’s had 12 ODIs as opener and has struggled. Proves T20 and ODI are sufficiently different games with ODIs demanding more from him than he currently has to offer. Back to Prior I think.
    There should not be room in England’s WC side for both Bresnan and Wright (unless Anderson is jettisoned) with neither nailing the spot down in my view.
    Starting to think that Yardy on Indian pitches might work. Hard to see Treadwell or anyone else forcing him out of the side.

    • I feel one would need more than 12 ODIs before forming a definitive view – isn’t 50 mooted as the time at which an ODI player has made it or not?

      Yardy might be the best of the bits and pieces men on most wickets in limited overs stuff. His lack of pace means that boundaries require significant bat speed played against a ball delivered from wide of the crease – always risky. Fatigue might force him from the side.

      • You don’t think he has technical problems?

        • Everyone has some technical problem – the question is how important they are.

          • Do you think exposing all his stumps is a big issue? He’s playing for England, he’ll be playing under ‘English conditions’ more than other teams.

            • Risk vs Reward is different in T20!

              • But weren’t we referring to ODI’s?

              • You’re right Lou – I guess risk vs reward is changing in ODIm especially with a subcontinental World Cup coming!

  4. In 2008, Prior was given 6 ODIs innings as opener, half that many compared to Kieswetter, averaged 32 at a decent rate and was then dropped down the order. Kieswetter is young and may improve and come again in a few years time. Prior is the finished article and deserves another crack at opening.

  5. Graem – I see your point, but Prior has often looked incapable of working the ball into gaps in ODIs – he has the weight, but not the range, of shot.

  6. What of Kieswetter’s glove work? I know it’s a bit of a dated question to ask about a ‘keeper, but then I’m hardly young.

  7. gold – You answer your own question! I think the answer is that we have to put up with it! Strikes me that Morgan may not be much worse and might have to take the gloves at some point, but more likely in T20 than ODIs.

  8. I still believe that catches win matches, and a keeper needs to hold on to 90%+. Morgan definitely will not give you that, believe me.

  9. Gold – I’d like to see some stats on how many catches go to the keeper in T20? My feeling is that more go into the outer than to the keeper, but I may be wrong.

  10. Fair point, but I’d want to balance against how many runs come from byes/fine edges. And a lot of the catches in the outer are, I think, _relatively_ straighforward. And stumpings/run-outs are vital, too. I wouldn’t downplay the worth of a decent ‘keeper in T20 at all.

  11. gold – I’m with you on keepers in T20, but England have spent years looking for a man to go over the top in the powerplay and they’re not going to give up on him!!

    • Is “going over the top” not uncomfortably close to “they don’t like it up them”?

  12. Literally going over the top – of the in-field!

    Corporal Jones!

  13. I Know, but I can never hear the phrase without thinking of the other connotation. Makes me smile, simple soul that I am.


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