Originally Posted by Briony
The problem is technique, possibly caused by a lot of short form cricket. Without good techniques they cannot play swing bowling.
People say this all the time, but without giving technical examples of where the shortfallings in the various techniques are, I don't get it. Yeah, not everyone bats like Dravid/Clarke. That doesn't mean they have poor technique.
For me, you just can't go to South Africa and try to deadbat this attack. The focus has to be on scoring runs. As soon as Pakistan started blocking everything I knew they were buggered because Steyn and Philander just don't give you free runs. They enjoy it when batsmen start defending. And with two excellent bowlers in their own right to back them up there's just no point in patience as a batsman. You've got to play them with a mindset to score as many as possible before they get you.