Paul Farbrace comments on England’s Follow On Decision

Paul Farbrace says when the England team had turned up on the ground on the third day, the strategy was not to put Pakistan in the field once they were all out, but, to impose the follow-on and have them batting again and that’s why, in the opening session, the main bowlers of the side were not bowled too much so that they could be ready to steam in with new red duke.


But, one of the lower order partnerships from Pakistan stretched their innings to afternoon which forced the think tank to reconsider the plan they had thought of initially because the condition for batting had not remained difficult enough and letting Pakistan bat at that time was risky in the sense that they could have scored their runs quickly under the bright sun and the pacers could have lost their energy too bowling in the heat. Continue reading “Paul Farbrace comments on England’s Follow On Decision”

Eoin Morgan missed his hundred at Leeds in the 4th One Day against Australia

Eoin Morgan missed his hundred at Leeds in the 4th One Day against Australia, but, his innings ensured that his team equalized the series 2-2.

Now, the 5th game, which is going to take place in Manchester, has turned into a decider.

Hunting down the target of 300, England had lost three wickets below the 100-mark and all the hopes were lying with the skipper again and the Middlesex man was up to take the responsibility.

He knew even if he played quietly for a brief period of time, it was of no worry as the required run rate could be caught up later on, but, losing more wickets at that juncture would have been disastrous.

He took odd calculated risks in between and punished the bowlers whenever he was given width outside the off stump, but, till the 35th over mark, his focus was mainly on singles and twos.

And, very calmly, he got England to a position where they had enough wickets in hands with not too many runs required to score.

Morgan would definitely have liked to stay till the end and finish the job himself, but, a brilliant catch at backward point by Glenn Maxwell sent him back to the hut.

However, the likes of Bairstow, Plunkett and Moeen Ali played good hands thereafter and England got to the target in the penultimate over.

Moeen was lucky though that Matthew Wade dropped him when he had just come on to bat. Had that catch been taken, the game could have turned around, but, it wasn’t to be. Continue reading “Eoin Morgan missed his hundred at Leeds in the 4th One Day against Australia”