4 June 2010

England's tactics

The commentators and David Lloyd in particular seemed very concerned about England's scoring rate as they ended the day but I'd argue that Bell (87 off 171) and Prior (21 off 70) were playing it exactly right. It's not a good wicket and the first innings will be the best innings to bat in, so they need to do whatever it takes to eek out runs, especially after players above them haven't been successful. If England can get 600+ in the first innings, however long it takes them, that's job done. If they get themselves out to a loose shot a la Pietersen, that would be criminal.

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