Joe Root ‘s side are fragile but schedule does them no favours. The British live to fight another day. The draw they won in their first test against India, though, was helped by the rain.
They will have the opportunity to start all over again at Lord’s, with the series still level and their captain looking old.
Joe Root has a lot on his plate. He tries to balance the team. Cope with the loss of Ben Stokes and support batting.
Often, opponents can undermine the captain in that position. But the most important thing about Root’s great hundred is the way he runs – with a smile on his face and spring in his steps.
As a result, Joe Root will go to Lord’s for a second Test starting on Thursday in a better state of mind that will only benefit the England squad.
How do you fix England’s batting?
We all know that batting is a problem.
If we take the center first I like the look of the England team when Jonny Bearstow is in it.
I know he can frustrate others. But it’s about finding the right place for him to hit. For me that’s number five or six.
Bearstow has fists and can injure bowling attacks. If no stokes He seems to be a good choice in the engine room.
Ollie Pope hopes to be a good fit for Lord’s and there are arguments to remember him because he was a very good player.
For that reason, I’m leaving Dan Lawrence as the batsman. He seems sensitive to playing around the front panel. And on the field, he missed the chance to run straight away. which denied the lack of confidence
That brings us to the top three…
I’ll keep Rory Burns. Yeah, he’s got some groundbreaking techniques. But recently he made hundreds of bucks against New Zealand at Lord’s.
I still believe Haseeb Hameed should return. I spoke to a few England players and they said he was available for a second test cricket, playing three matches at the age of 19 in 2016.
Everything about Hameed’s game has improved since he moved from Lancashire to Nottinghamshire. He’s more mature and stronger with more shots and the confidence to play.
If I had to choose between Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley, I’d demote Sibley.
When you analyze Sibley’s shot, it’s obvious when his bat falls straight. There was no intention of interfering with or circulating protests.
I would worry about him in Australia that their throwers would push him back and hit him.
Crawley is a good player, playing straight, however his poor form may suggest he may benefit from the break.
But that would only mean calling the batting players in The Hundred, which clearly wasn’t the right preparation for a crucial set of tests.