London, 9 August (PTI) Former captain Geoffrey Boycott slammed the English batsmen for showing a lack of patience and technique in the first Test drawn against India.
Boycott believes some of the batsmen can’t resist the temptation to poke the ball if they aren’t supposed to, and says too much focus on one-day cricket will add to their fights.
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Skipper Joe Root was the only English batsman to make an impact in the series opener, scoring 109 and 64 in his two innings.
“I met Graham Gooch recently and we had a chat about England’s batting. He summed it up by saying, ‘Fiery, when the bowlers hold it for four balls, you know our batsmen on the fifth and sixth Delivery will try and “There’s every chance they’ll come out on your own,” wrote Boycott in The Telegraph.
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“Cricket culture has changed. Many of us batsmen love to play punches, and because of the diet of day-long cricket, modern players are pretty good at it, but it’s their defensive technique that lets them down.
“It may sound out of fashion to talk about staying in the league and being defensive because of the franchise leagues, but as Goochie said, teams just have to throw some good balls knowing that batsmen will soon be tempted to to play a big throw. “
England’s batsmen had also fought New Zealand in the previous home series.
“We supporters are disappointed when they keep trying to attack, but we shouldn’t be surprised because that’s the kind of cricket they were taught at the county level.
“Look at Zak Crawley. He’s symptomatic of the problem. In recent years, young batsmen have been taught to hit the ball because there are so many one-day games,” said Boycott.
“The talk is all about hit rates, but for Testmatch Cricket that’s a lot of rubbish. If you can’t defend, then top bowlers will find your weaknesses in test match cricket with a new ball Series of flashy strokes if you can’t stay in? That is the cause of his problems. “
He also tried out the opener Rory Burns and Dom Sibley.
“Not only former playtesters but club players look at Rory Burns and Dom Sibley and think they can do better.
“Sibley is the opposite of Crawley. He’s sticky, but his lack of punches hurts him. He can’t turn the punch.
“Burns is like Sibley. He took five balls in the first innings. It was a repeat of previous layoffs. He started his forefoot on the wrong side of the ball and then realized he was the wrong length,” said Boycott.
Then it was the turn of Jos Buttler and Dan Lawrence.
“I don’t know what to say about Dan Lawrence. It’s just footwork with him. You have to find someone else.
“Jos Buttler is a sad story. In the first innings he lost nothing with 18 balls and could have been out about seven times. His footwork and judgment were lacking, but it’s not surprising since he hasn’t played four days . ” Matches.
“Many of our batsmen are not properly prepared before testing with the right county cricket.
“I don’t think our administrators understand how difficult it can be to translate the mental approach and style of hitting from trying to hit each ball to the different pace and technique required for friendly matches,” he added.
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