There's always next time!
The-Pilgrim wrote: Joe Root, the greatest batsman in the world from 0-50 but can't get to 100!!
Also, why no night watchsman? That Bairstow wicket could haunt us.
davie nine wrote: Started as a new topic, then saw this.
In today's 5th and final test in Australia, England's Joe Root and Dawid Malan seemed to be comfortably closing the first day but Australia were about to take the new ball for the last 2 or 3 overs.
Root hit the first ball for 4, the second also went for 4, somewhat fortuitously, then Root was caught at square leg after a fine innings of 83 runs.
Then, a terrible thing happened, apparently. Instead of a 'night watchman' (our no 11 Jimmy Anderson normally), Jonnie Bairstow, our no 6 batsman came out to bat. Michael Vaughan, who is not averse to giving strong opinions in the press, was one of the commentators and he seemed to accept the decision without any hint of criticism. Bairstow hit his first ball for 4 and then got a streaky one off his next ball. He was then caught behind off what turned out to be the last ball of the day.
When the day's play was analysed immediately after the close, Vaughan and Graeme Swann were interviewed. Swann was vociferous in his criticism of the management for allowing Bairstow to risk his wicket with less than 2 overs remaining.
My point is that there was no indication of shock from Vaughan who was commentating live but Swann was apoplectic with his comments about the decision not to send out a night watchman.
It is easy for pundits to criticise, with hindsight, but I suspect that, if the roles had been reversed, Swann would have reacted in the same way as Vaughan in live commentary and Vaughan would have been directing the harsh words at England's management.
Knowing Bairstow's character, I am sure that he was quite happy to face the last few balls and, unfortunately, the decision backfired. I have to admit that my reaction was that the right decision was made but, in hindsight, it turned out to be the wrong one.
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