England are the Andrew Cole of International Cricket
It was once said that Andrew Cole needed at least five chances for every goal. This probably explains why the former Man Utd, Newcastle, Arsenal and Man City player didn’t play much for England.
Watching England play South Africa in Cape Town and throwing away potential match winning chances again and again, one can only come to the conclusion that England are trying to imitate Cole in their profligacy. I have counted at least four times when England have missed big chances to take a stranglehold on this test.
1. Dropping Smith when the Proteas were 1/1 – if Swann had snaffled that chance Kallis would have been in after only seven balls and an already demoralised SA could have collapsed like they did at Kingsmead.
2. Failing to capitalise when SA were 129/5 – the partnership between Kallis and Boucher meant that it was even stevens at the end of day one.
3. Batting abysmally after polishing off the SA 1st innings on the second morning. Strauss, Trott and KP all gave their wickets away to dreadful shots.
4. After working so hard to get England back to parity, Cook and Bell needed to continue in the same vein until stumps and England would have been on top. Instead both gave their wickets away to truly horrible shots.
And now, with Smith and Amla grinding out the runs the series will probably be squared with one to play. How depressing.
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