Hi, my name is Ayyaz Malik and I am a sports writer, and I vlog about sports too. I am a sports junkie and I make no excuse about that. I am a sports fan of 26 years and that includes being a massive cricket fan.
I am a 90’s kid, so I grew up with Hussain, Thorpe and Pieterson in the middle order and Atherton, Trescothick, Cook and Strauss as openers. After the heavy defeat in Brisbane and now what looks like being another heavy defeat in Adelaide, the sports fan in me wants to offer my two cents on a matter … a solution to England’s current woes.
In the 90’s England were renowned for having a batting line up that was as resolute as a stack of dominoes, over the years The Three Lions have addressed the issue, but life has come back in full circle, England are in need of addressing their batting line-up as it’s like dominoes again.
The easy thing would be is to change the openers. I don’t just say this as I am a massive Haseeb Hameed fan, but this young man is the future and Rory Burns has shown he is able to post big scores, he does have a hundred against Australia.
Maybe I am calling this too early, but even then, I wasn’t happy Dom Sibley got dropped from the test team. This young man, has shown he likes to get stuck in. A few low scores and, just like other players he has been duly replaced.
In comparison, Australia although they might also change their openers, one thing is for certain Labuschagne, Smith and Head has become an established middle order. It must be clarified that the Aussies change one of their openers and not both, so to put it simply there’s no continuity in the England batting line-up.
I am English born and bread and share the same sentiments as every England cricket fan … we want a successful team, the tracks offered up in Australia have been too hot to handle for this English side, but many of the elite batsmen haven’t fared well here in years gone by.
So to conclude, ECB just please try to be consistent, with the batsmen and bowlers it’s all too much chop and change and I argue will this help the rhythm of the bowlers in there in one game and out the next?
What do I know, I am just a cricket fan, but I think I have spoke some sense, please give it some thought.
Ayyaz Malik aka The Sports Buff