5 The Daily Telegraph Monday 13 July 2020 *** 6 6 England ratings Rory Burns Dom Sibley Patient 50 in the second innings and handled the pressure of being on a pair and his team facing a 114-run first innings deficit. Must find scoring options against spinners and how to deal with the short ball into the ribs. Burns provides confidence with the calm way he deals with the new ball. Has been dismissed in single figures just nine times in 31 innings but his failure to go on, as in both innings here, is why he has an average of 33. 3 7 6 Zak Crawley Ben Stokes 4 4 6 Ollie Pope Jos Buttler Dom Bess Two immaculate strokes in the first innings showed brimming confidence but he was too keen to impose. Wafted at a wide ball on 10 in the first innings and could not shore up England late on Saturday evening. Gritty contribution with the bat in the first innings, and used his flight and changes of pace to take two wickets when the pitch was not turning on Friday. Unlucky with a couple of close lbw calls yesterday. Crucial missed catch down leg side off Blackwood. Now averaging 21.38 since the start of the last Ashes. Bairstow and Foakes are better keepers and if Buttler is not scoring runs he cannot stay in the side. 7 6 6 Jofra Archer James Anderson Mark Wood Back to his best. Pitched up the new ball, bowled aggressive, nasty short stuff later on. There is more to come too with his pace rarely touching 90. With six Tests this summer, Archer is timing when to let the handbrake off. Control with the new ball but conceded at five an over in his second spell. Anderson will be desperate to play at Old Trafford but England have to rotate the quicks and Woakes can add depth to the batting. Quickest bowler in the match, consistently above 90mph. Gave his all but did not quite match Archer’s consistency. Their partnership will shape England’s attack in the coming years. A rest this week may be wise. change. But in the second innings he tried to shift the momentum of the match and went back to being the old Buttler. He lost balance with his head going over to the off side and was bowled when England needed him to stay in. The dropped catch off Jermaine Blackwood has put pressure on him. He knows his performance levels have not been up to the standard required in Test cricket. He has to deliver at Old Trafford. If he does not produce in the next two Tests then England will have to look elsewhere. Leaving out Stuart Broad and batting first were the right decisions and not the reasons England lost this match. They lost for the same reason they have been beaten a lot of times in recent years. The batting unit just does not know how to cope when the ball does a little bit. If England had batted to par in the first innings, they would have won the game. It is easy to highlight the Broad decision, but ultimately you only have to look at Saturday. They were 249 for three but all out for 313. At 249 for three in the second innings, you should get something out of the Test. England have to give Mark Wood and Jofra Archer as much experience as possible of bowling together for the next Ashes series. It makes sense when everyone is fit that those two play and one of James Anderson or Broad is left out. That is just the nature of where England are at the moment. It does not diminish the importance of winning in the here and now, but Shane Warne always says you have to be prepared to risk losing at home in order to win away. England did that this week. We have to praise both sets of players for producing a really good Test match having had no preparation, no crowd, and handling the monotony of staying in the hotel for three weeks before the Test and waking up every morning and looking out over the pitch. For both teams to play as well as they did was brilliant for Test cricket.
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