What if someone says that the glorious era of English cricket is ending? What if someone says that the England team would soon see times similar to those late 1990s and early 2000 when they used to get whacked?
Would it be wrong to say so? Certainly not if England don’t improve. There are certain things that the English team has lacked since the year 2013 has started. First of all, the consistency factor hasn’t been seen in England now since quite some time.
From 2009-20012, one of the key factors in their success was the consistency of every single player in the team. And when you lack consistency, you can never be successful.
Second comes the point that English team have lacked in those “daddy hundreds” that the batsmen loved to score in during the period before 2013. A daddy hundred actually is a hundred which includes a score of 150+ or 140+.
Since 2009, almost every batsman was getting a daddy. What they all believed in was completely grinding down the bowlers by batting for a seriously long time. During that period, whenever someone wanted to give an example of how to play a big inning, any English player remained mirabile dictu for that.
Taking a look at the stats now for English batsmen since 2009, Alastair Cook has got best figures of 173, 235*, 189, 148, 294, 176, 190; Jonathan Trott has got figures of 143, 184, 226, 168*, 203, Kevin Pietersen 227, 202*, 175, 151, 149, 186, while Ian Bell has reached scores of 235, 140, 159. Staggering stat.
A total of 23 daddy hundreds are in there. But, in 2013, only Joe Root has had the privilege of surpassing 150. Well, a daddy hundred is a far away thing because English batsmen have struggled to score even reach three figures.
This year a total of 13 hundreds have been in hit by England which is quite low compared to previous years. Bell has been the only one to really buck the trend. This is actually the reason why English batting scorecards have been ugly at times.
The redoubtable England batting is slightly losing its pristine touch which is leading to the downfall of the team. The bowlers have been absolutely fine with their form and in fact they have won matches for England on almost every occasion this year.
The real worry for Cook and his men lies in the fact that their batting is lacking almost everything. And what has decreased their already low confidence is the 381 run loss to Australia that was hugely a result of Johnson’s pace.
There have been no signs for change during the second Test in Adelaide, with Johnson again humiliating England with his aggressive bowling.
England now really need to regroup and regain the confidence that led them to the No.1 position in 2011. They have to comeback now and if don’t do so, the end will soon be near.
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