Well, our woes oversees continue. This is the probably the poorest South African side I can remember and they’ve beaten us comfortably despite being pretty ordinary themselves.
Once again it was our batting in the first innings that has cost us the match, although I though we bowled poorly on the whole.
Pope obviously comes in for Bairstow for the next test and there could be a couple of changes to the bowling too. If Wood is fit I’d be very tempted to play him. You’d think we’ll almost certainly play a spinner so it will be interesting to see who misses out.
I think Stokes has too much on his plate with been the all rounder.
Yeah, but you just know that's who they'd pick. I can't for the life of me think who'd replace root, someone has to though, he's a poor captain.
If Stokes is going to play as a batsman who occasionally bowls as seems to be the case for this tour, then it would be less of a problem.
The main problem is that none of the senior players have played any significant county cricket for years and therefore none of them have any real experience of captaincy or the opportunity to either play under a great captain or to find out their own captaincy style by trial and error.
Unless someone shows an immediate flair for the role then we are going to be stuck with someone who does captaincy by numbers or by committee, both of which are fine if the team are significantly better than the opposition but which fall short if the teams are fairly equally matched or something "extra" is required against a better team.
Assuming that as expected we go for the status quo it would be a start if someone reminded Root that overseas if you win the toss you bat first and if you aren't sure, you keep thinking until you are sure and then bat first (unless the surface is so green or the cloud cover so complete that you can almost guarantee bowling the opposition out for under 150 and even then he should think long and hard before making a decision.)
I hope they have all been dosing up on the Immodium since Sunday.
Hmm. Our first innings so far has all been rather same-old-same-old. Once again we need an anchor innings from Stokes to get us out of a pickle. I do like Pope, hope he can stick around for a good while.
As for the last test (which I've not commented on) - unlike most, I don't disagree with Root's decision to field first. The wicket was green in places and the ball moved almost throughout the first innings. However, Broad & Anderson failed to bowl the right line/length in their first spell. A persistent, nagging 4th stump length/full delivery could have seen the Saffers in real trouble before lunch on day 1. Hey ho, all too late now.