Ball One – Andrew Strauss’ decision to bat first speaks of the confidence, or desperation, of a man who knows he must lead from the front to raise his beleaguered troops for a vital battle. He did so, but, just as the agenda was set, he was out to a fine bouncer from Andre Russell.
Ball Two – England’s middle order look a bit short of concentration and class – Trott and Bell look weary in the mind and Morgan and Bopara are consistent only in their inconsistency. The England squad just aren’t right for one reason or another.
Ball Three – Does any team block as many half volleys as England? Although England need to consolidate, is there ever a time when a half volley should be met with a defensive bat? Ask an Australian.
Ball Four – On narrow margins are games won and lost. In the first over, Devon Smith slashes Bresnan through gully who… is on the boundary, sweeping. Surely, with two lefties at the crease, gully is in play from the right- arm seamer – but Strauss did not post one, even in the first over.
Ball Five – As Chris Gayle does the Chris Gayle thing, Strauss cycles through his bowling options in order to stop the onslaught. Hats off to Strauss, Tredwell and Flower for making the right call on and off the field. An hour more of Gayle and England would have been on the plane home, but Tredwell did the job.
Ball Six – Darren Sammy also does the Chris Gayle thing, but is a slogger rather than a hitter. It’s old-fashioned, ugly and, occasionally, effective. He probably can’t bat for an hour, but 45 minutes would damage England’s chances significantly.
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