Or maybe not, lol.It’s seems to me that there’s an indirect problem with this approach by England. It’s not that such an approach can’t be admired in many respects. It is that it will encourage opposing sides in future to deliberately prepare pitches like this on the basis that England will take enormous risks to try and manufacture a win, even where objectively they haven’t actually got a great chance. So opponents may basically see pitches like this as not guaranteed draw, but pitches which allow two realistic results - with England victory a large outsider. And that’s not good for test cricket as entertainment.
Yeah, that makes some sense. And taking the first two wickets with short deliveries suggests that Stokes may know more about this than I do anyway.Stuart Broad claims on Twitter that they are trying to scuff the ball as fast as possible and aim for reverse rather than conventional swing.
It's a bit of a reach but I'm prepared to put a bit of faith in it.
All is not lost just yet, and if it goes badly Azhar Ali could come in tomorrow and bat for a draw, heck they could still win from here.Pakistan is one team that could really use a sports psychologist and better use of things like data. They just don't know how to play smart.
I just knew the decision to go with idiots like Hayden would cost them in the world cup. All they had to do here was time their chase right, like India did at the Gabba. As a fan I just have no faith they'll ever live up to their talent. They are on the cusp of having a really good team, with some really good talent coming through. Yet they always seem to find a way to blow it. The pitches, selectiion, everything. Sigh.