Alex Wharf, Harmison and Solanki starred as England thrashed India
at Trent Bridge yesterday. India's confidence is now definitely at an ebb after losses in the Asia Cup, Videocon Series and now yesterday's game. The much vaunted batting order has failed again and again throughout the last couple of months.
For India, there was absolutely nothing to feel proud about, except perhaps Balaji continuing his form from the Holland tri-series. Kaif's runs avoided a sub-100 score, but if he has secured his place on the basis of this knock, it is extremely unfair on someone like Karthik or any other batsman who has been left out. Sehwag and Dravid continued with their horrendous form of late, certainly something for the Indian management to worry about. It seems like its high time Kumble was used specifically only in tests - his last 10 games have produced 6 wickets @ 70 runs each, conceding 5 runs/over and taking a wicket every 76 balls. In fact those stats are cushioned by a 7-1-16-1 performance against UAE in the Asia Cup. So if you exclude that, his econ rate becomes 5.8, average becomes 81 and his strike becomes 83. Effectively crappy
and high time he was eased out. I wonder why Harbhajan didnt get an opportunity yesterday. Was it the fear of the number of left-handers in the England top order? Cant be - I could just count two - Trescothick and Strauss.
England meanwhile have a major problem to handle - Michael Vaughan is totally unable to buy a run
in one-day cricket. In his last 10 one-day innings, he has scored just over 150 runs.
Photos from yesterday's game
from BBC Sport.