Win­ning at home is sadly not a pri­or­ity

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My last col­umn was about Eng­land Test cricket fail­ings...

I don’t agree with the no­tion that pitches with pace and bounce would have re­sulted in any­thing dif­fer­ent. Steven Finn was awe­ful, Stu­art Broad well be­low par and James Anderson had one good game. Eng­land would have played into Pakistan hands by pre­par­ing fast wick­ets con­sid­er­ing Alex Hales, Gary Bal­lance and James Vince’s bat­ting abil­i­ties. Mr­logic

You’re bang on re pitches. Pakistan are used to slow, low pitches in the UEA, and that’s what we gave them for three of four Tests. Only in Manch­ester did we have a fast pitch with good carry to the keeper and it worked well. In the sub-con­ti­nent, all pitches are pre­pared for the host na­tion - see Aus­tralia’s trou- bles in Sri Lanka. We’ll have sim­i­lar is­sues in In­dia, es­pe­cially with no top class spin­ner of our own. The Windies used to pre­pare fast, vari­able bounce pitches for their quicks, as do Aus­tralia and South Africa now. If the pri­or­ity is to see five days re­gard­less( and your slow over rate point is sound) then achiev­ing home wins is only se­condary. A shame as most sup­port­ers would be hap­pier to see seam­ing, fast pitches even if it means matches end on the third or fourth day.


The Test se­ries against Pakistan was a great ex­am­ple of two well- matched teams pro­duc­ing competitive and com­pelling cricket. The 2-2 draw was a bet­ter ad­vert for Test cricket then the thump­ing of Sri Lanka. I agree about the over­rate and the ex­orbinant pric­ing.


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