Squaring up Alam’s batting stance has not been seen since days of Chanderpaul and Willey
When he walked out to bat for the first time in Test cricket since 2009, Fawad Alam did so with a stance not seen in the five-day game since Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s Test career ended in 2015, and one that no England Test player has used since Peter Willey (right).
Before each delivery, Alam (far right) stands completely square on, his chest facing the bowler and exposing his stumps. Yet by the time the ball is delivered, Alam’s stance is conventional enough: he thrusts his left shoulder forward to get into a more typical position to hit the ball. But he failed to hit his fourth ball, from Chris Woakes, and fell lbw for a duck after a successful England review.