The coach of the England Cricket team, Trevor Bayliss, has brought an aggressive mentality with himself.
Addressing his very first press conference as the Three Lions boss, the Aussie made clear he wanted some ‘fire’ off the England players.
That showed in England’s performance in Cardiff. Everyone was up and ready for the task. There were counter attacks with both bat and ball.
Even Alastair Cook, who is known to be slightly cautious in his game, was ready to take on the opposition.
Cook going down the track and going for the lofted shot against a spinner is a rare sight in test match Cricket.
But, he was regularly trying to do so in the first test match.
He couldn’t succeed though, but, the intent was there.
However, earlier today while talking to the reporters, Bayliss said it’s not necessary for somebody like Cook to tinker with his natural game just for the sake of being aggressive.
According to Bayliss, the England skipper has spent whole his career being solid and he should continue that way as that would give the rest of the guys the freedom to play around him. (more…)
Darren Lehmann has backed the Queenslander Usman Khawaja to do well and establish himself in the Australian test team.
Khawaja has been recalled by the selectors for the Bangladesh series and it’s believed he will bat one down with Steven Smith getting slightly down the order to fill in the no. 4 position vacated by Michael Clarke.
Khawaja averages just a touch over 25 in the 9 test matches that he has featured in so far, but, those who follow his Cricket closely believes he is a much better player than that and Lehmann also has the same view about the stylish left hander.
In an interview to a sports website after returning from the Ashes tour, Lehmann said, “I am really excited to have the opportunity to mentor some of these youngsters coming in. They are all hugely talented and it would be immense fun to work alongside them and help them understand their game better and bring good results to the team.” (more…)
Mitchell Starc should give some credit for his recent rise in international Cricket to Shane Warne too.
If Warne had not made that sort of comment on him in the test series, he might not have got that extra motivation and energy to show his capability to the entire world.
What a bowler he emerged out as in the second half of the summer, the New South Welshman.
Not only did he make Warne eat his words at the end of the summer, he established himself as probably the best bowler of the Australian team in limited-over Cricket.
The steam that he showed in all the games in the World Cup and even before that in the triangular series too, it was incredible.
It was like as if he was eager to prove that he was a ferocious fast bowler and not the soft one which Warne described him as in the middle of the Border-Gavaskar series.
Now, Starc’s aim should be to perform in the test matches as well in the same way as he has done in limited-over Cricket.
In test matches where there is a bit more patience needed, a bit more skill needed, Starc has faltered so far. (more…)