Andy Flower says the senior England players need to step up now after some really poor performance in the first two Tests of the Ashes.
In a recent press conference, he said: “We need more from the senior players, in these sorts of contests and series where the intensity levels are high, you do need your more experienced players, to come through tough periods and play match-defining innings or produce pressure to create chances with the ball.
“Players who have been through similar situations in the past, absolutely we do. I think past glories mean nothing in this context.
“We’ve got a big challenge to stop the momentum of the opposition and to get ahead in the game. One of those biggest challenges is getting a first innings score on the board.
“Without that you can’t put pressure on the opposition.”
The former Zimbabwe cricketer then reflected on the fact that how poor was the Brits’ shot selection and added that the fans had every right to be angry.
“To our fans watching back home, I can understand that frustration, absolutely,” he said. “We were not good enough in that regard.
“There has been a disproportionate number of those types of dismissals and dismissals on the leg side. To improve in the series we have to address those areas.
“The balance between attacking shots and ensuring you bat long periods is a challenge for all batsmen at all times and we haven’t got that balance anywhere near right.
“That’s not just the younger batsmen, it’s the experienced ones as well. The challenge at Perth will be to assess those conditions accurately and have clarity on the risk/reward that you always have to judge when you’re batting.”
However, Flower still believes that the Englishmen can still comeback in the series though he added that it could happen only when England would play Johnson well by displaying the skills that they have.
He said: “I wouldn’t say they're scared. He’s bowled at good pace but that’s what you expect in Test cricket.
“You expect to face quick bowlers, it’s one of the really exciting aspects of playing Test cricket and it’s a really exciting for the spectators to watch that form of cricket.
“One thing I would say about playing fast bowling is that our batsmen have to display the combination of skill and determination to bat long periods against it, because if we do expose our lower order, they will struggle against that sort of pace. So the responsibility lies with the batsmen in that regard.
“I know that we can fight back into the series, absolutely. We have a history of playing competitive cricket and a lot of these players have done some amazing things for England in the recent past, and we are going to have to fight for that to happen again.”
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