Pre Study Dribble: Top of the World Syndrone

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There appears to be a top of the world syndrome in Cricket at the moment, which is affecting batsmen and their ability to play patiently.  Australian batsmen for a few seasons there seemed to think the best form of defence was offence and it must be said that this approach had been extremely successful for them for a sustained period. However, as we have seen very recently with India’s dismal failings in England, the hazards of such a mindset smack you in the face when bowlers are able to remain consistent in their line and length, and when there’s movement through the air. M. Hussey’s stubborn style was Australia’s only joy last summer.

Unless you’re Cat Deeley, there really isn’t any value in telling people to fight swing with swing.  Running the risk of sounding like an old man who still bemoans the introduction of pyjama cricket and of sounding like a skipping record, a skipping record – just what did ever happen to the players who are comfortable with leaving balls, shouldering arms and waiting for the bowler to give you something?

Forgive me for likening Rahul Dravid to a tortoise, but The Wall’s slow and steady wins the race method has his average for this series on 71.80, a full 30 more runs per innings than the next best in the Indian Squad! Clearly a team full of tortoises would not work, save maybe a test match played in the Galapagos, but Test Match’s supreme status across all cricket formats is due to the tests it serves up to its combatants. On the application and dedication test, Australia and now India have failed. Oh yeah, well played England.


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