England outdo England!
Having averaged fifteen wides a game
during the one-dayers in India, England surpassed their own stupendous achievements by giving away 23 wides (42 extras)
and a marginally better 21 wides (33 extras)
against Sri Lanka at Lord's
and The Oval respectively.
In fact, including the India series, England have conceded 135 wides and 31 no-balls
in 9 games. That works out to in excess of 3 overs per game. And I've been wondering about how crappy they are
. When they're bowling 53 overs when they should be bowling only 50, I'm hardly surprised teams are scoring 280-300 against them!
The inexperience argument doesn't really hold good. Harmison bowled 8 in the first game. In the second game, everyone had their share of the wide pie. It certainly isn't as though these bowlers are bowling in a limited overs game for the first time. Malinga, who's played only 10 one-dayers and Maharoof, who's played less games than Harmison, bowled a total of 3 wides between them (Maharoof only played the game yesterday).
Along with the bowlers needing to sort it out, Duncan Fletcher and Kevin Shine
, have to do something about it. I don't think the problem is external - the weather is quite good, as are the ground/pitch conditions. The bowlers are certainly able to grip the ball properly.
What we can ponder about is when England will concede 50 extras in a game, a distinction achieved only by 3 other teams so far