Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Saturday, February 16, 2019 04:17:13 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Thorny issues for England despite India triumph

By AFP, London
13th-Sep-2018       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

England completed a 4-1 series win over India when they beat the world's top-ranked Test nation by 118 runs at the Oval on Tuesday.
A comprehensive victory was sealed when veteran spearhead James Anderson bowled Mohammed Shami to become the most successful fast bowler in Test history with his 564th wicket at this level.
Nevertheless, England national selector Ed Smith, new to the job this season, faces some difficult decisions ahead of November's three-Test series in Sri Lanka.
AFP Sport looks at some of the key issues facing England.
The way Alastair Cook, England's all-time leading Test run-scorer, marked his final appearance before international retirement with an innings of 147 underlined just how much they will miss the 33-year-old left-handed opener.
A total of 12 batsmen have been tried as partners for Cook at the top of the order in the six years since Andrew Strauss retired.
Keaton Jennings, the present incumbent, finished the series with a meagre 163 runs from five Tests at an average of 18.11
In a way, Cook's retirement spared Jennings the axe as the thought of having two new openers was almost too much for England to contemplate.
Jennings may have the uncapped Rory Burns, who has long scored heavily for county champions-elect Surrey, alongside him in Sri Lanka.
"For both sides in the top order it's been very difficult," said England captain Joe Root.
"Of course you want to maximise your runs at the top of the order, you want to get off to a good start but we've made up for that in other departments."
Ever since Jonathan Trott called time on his Test career three years ago, England have been searching for a reliable batsman at first-wicket down.
Moeen Ali was moved into the position during the second innings of England's 60-run win in the fourth Test at Southampton, allowing skipper Root to bat in his favoured number four slot.
To the extent that Root scored 125 in England's second innings 423 for eight declared at the Oval, the move may have been said to work.
But Moeen, for all his qualities against spin, was bowled by India slow left-armer Ravindra Jadeja for 20.
And there have been enough times in his England career when the Worcestershire spin-bowling all-rounder has struggled against the short ball to raise real doubts as to whether he can ever be more than a stop-gap number three, particularly given England are set to face an Australia side boasting several quality fast bowlers in next year's Ashes.
"He wants to bat at three, he wants to bat up the order and obviously the Sri Lankan series if he can bat at three and that's what the selectors and captain, coach go with, then he obviously gives us a lot more balance in terms of the opportunity to play three spinners in that series," said Paul Farbrace, England assistant coach, of Moeen.
It has often been said of India that they are "lions at home and lambs abroad" but that is now increasingly true of many teams.
Root's first two overseas tours as England captain, in 2017/18, ended in 4-0 and 1-0 defeats by Australia and New Zealand respectively.
The Yorkshireman said success abroad was more than a matter of playing more warm-up games, insisting: "As a player, you have to take it on yourself to make sure you are practising in different conditions. Put yourself under pressure against spin, against high pace, the ball coming round your head.
"If you have that attitude you'll give yourself the best chance. So, long-term that's what we're after and what we'll try and do as a side.
"There will be challenges ahead this winter with where we're going (Sri Lanka and the West Indies) but also, how hard it is, when you do (succeed), makes it even more enjoyable."

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Save the Sunderbans to save the Royal Bengal Tigers


FOR the constant rise in sea levels and rapid climate change, the famous Royal Bengal Tigers of the Sunderbans could be disappeared within 50 years, especially from the Bangladesh part, according to a new study published recently in the journal Science of The Total Environment. A team of Bangladeshi and ...

City »

Members of RAB-2 nabbed one on Friday from Narayanganj for taking money from government officials from different areas in the country impersonating Anti-Corruption Commission official.


.

Cricket »

Feels like it`s a blessing to just be playing again: Steyn


Agency :Dale Steyn, the South African mainstay, continued to impress on his comeback trail, as he bowled at high pace and picked up four wickets over a long spell on Day 2 of the first Test of the two-match series versus Sri Lanka in Durban.The veteran fast bowler bowled at ...

Entertainment »

Shanta Jahan feels comfortable in hosting


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Popular host of present time Shanta Jahan has to be engaged with hosting round the year in and outside the country in different stage shows and TV programmes. Besides hosting, she has more identities. She is also a model and TV actress. But she always feels comfortable ...

International »

Trump heavier, but in ‘very good health’: Doctor


AFP, Washington :President Donald Trump is a little heavier than last year and needs a higher dose of cholesterol medicine, but remains in "very good health," his official doctor said Thursday.The presidential physician, Sean Conley, said Trump, 72, passed his medical exam last week with flying colors."It is my determination ...

Cricket »

It was difficult to hit through the line of the ball in Napier: Guptill


Martin Guptill is happy to work his way through the travails of a slow Napier pitch and score an ODI hundred, which helped New Zealand beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in the opening game of the three-match series. The hosts had notably lost the ODI against India here couple of ...

International »

Taliban announces surprise talks with US in Pakistan


PTI, Islamabad :The Taliban said Wednesday that its negotiators would meet US envoys for talks this month in Islamabad, and also sit down with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to discuss Afghanistan.While Islamabad did not immediately confirm the talks, Washington said it had "noted" the announcement, which comes after weeks ...

International »

Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe


AP, Washington :Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the special counsel's Russia probe, a judge ruled Wednesday.U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson's decision was another loss for Manafort, a once-wealthy political consultant who rose to lead Donald Trump's 2016 campaign ...

Editorial »

Myanmar`s provocation: Dhaka should deal with the issue delicately


YET again Myanmar has shown Saint Martin's Island of Bangladesh as of its part in the official map. Protesting it, Dhaka on Thursday summoned Myanmar Chargé d'affaires and handed over a strongly worded protest note also expressing serious dissatisfaction over repeating such false claim, and demanded immediate corrective measures. Director ...

City »

40 personnel receives Coastguard awards


Staff Reporter  :A total of 40 personnel of Bangladesh Coastguard have been awarded for the prestigious 'Bangladesh Coastguard Award', 'President Coastguard Award', 'Bangladesh Coastguard (service) Award' and 'President Coastguard (service) Award' this year for best performance in their duties. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal handed over the awards to them ...

Entertainment »

Adah hits bull`s eye with her gun for Valentine`s Day and the video goes viral


Did you know Adah Sharma is a trained sharp shooter? The Commando 2 actress shared a Valentine’s Day video breaking hearts, shooting them and didn’t miss even one target. Check out how with ease she picks up 5kg rifles and hits all 5 targets in less than a minute, with ...

Editorial »

None should create abnormal situation in apparel sector


AROUND 11,000 apparel workers of 99 factories in Dhaka, Ashulia, Savar, Gazipur and Narayanganj have so far been fired and 3,500 others have been implicated in 34 cases for their participation in the movement held in January demanding proportionately wage hike, according to the IndustriAll Bangladesh Council (IBC), a platform ...

Football »

Sala's body to be returned to Argentina on Friday


Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala's body is to be returned to Argentina on Friday, the mayor of his hometown of Progreso, Julio Muller, told AFP Tuesday.Sala's body was recovered from plane wreckage in the English Channel last week. He was flying to his new team, English Premier League side Cardiff City, ...

Cricket »

BD lose to NZ in 1st ODI


Sports Reporter :Bangladesh lost to New Zealand by eight wickets in the first One Day International (ODI) match at Napier in New Zealand on Wednesday.Electing to bat first, Bangladesh scored 232 off 48.5 overs.In reply, New Zealand reached the winning target making 233 for the loss of two wickets when ...

International »

Trump says not `happy` with border deal but shutdown unlikely


President Donald Trump indicated Tuesday that he will walk back his threat to shut the government even if he does not get all the money he has demanded for building a wall along the US-Mexican border.Although Trump left enough wiggle room to keep the country guessing, he appeared to be ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news