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“Experts” have an incorrect definition of luck, you know that. Bad luck is missing-out on wickets which would have come from good balls. Having an innocuous delivery outside off cut to cover and dropped is, if you like, poetic justice, for the bowler at least. For the batsman it’s lucky, because he’s done something that under normal circumstances would result in his dismissal, but for the bowler it’s just exactly the same result in the scorebook as if the ball had been let go to the ‘keeper.marc71178 said:For crying out loud - he was far and away England's best fast bowler in the recent series, and his average and Eco were superb.
He has been an incredibly unlucky bowler in the past year, as many experts have commented.
Credit where credit is due.
In the recent series these wickets and chances came off his bowling:
A Long-Hop gloved to the ‘keeper down the leg-side.
Another Long-Hop, top-edged to the ‘keeper.
An lbw decision given to a ball that was not hitting the stumps.
A tail-ender played a poor shot, edging a ball that a top-order batsman would have left, to slip.
A fairly innocuous short-ball, which the batsman somehow managed to glove to slip.
A Long-Hop pulled straight to long-leg.
A full, straight ball which a batsman looking for quick runs missed.
A good, away-swinging delivery, edged to slip. Justice was done to all as the catch was taken.
An innocuous delivery outside off, back-foot drive attempted, edged to Trescothick. Justice done to the bowler as the catch was grassed.
An innocuous short-ball, which could have been ducked easily, hooked to long-leg, justice done as the chance put-down.
Yet another Long-Hop pulled straight to deep-backward-square-leg.
Seeing a pattern? Of course you won’t set any stall by it, because you believe that just by bowling economically a bowler deserves every wicket he gets, but the pattern is undeniably there – most chances come with short balls (6 out of 10, given that the Chandana lbw was not a chance). 1 wicket in the series was through good bowling – Jayasuriya with a well-pitched away-swinger.
His economy-rate was very good indeed, no denying that, he’s a very accurate bowler, but in Test-cricket you need more than just accuracy.