Someone hasn't a clue
Picture this. Australia are 117/5 when Monty Panesar comes in to bowl on day two at the MCG
, trying to get out of a hole (self-dug and thanks to some good bowling). He bowls a lovely first over. But he was bowling to a field, amazingly enough, which was totally unsuitable for the situation. There was a fielder at long-off and a fielder at long-on. I'd have thought that with folks like Hayden and Symonds, who love to take on spinners, especially by hitting down the ground, Flintoff would have not
had those fielders in the deep, inviting Hayden and Symonds to take a few risks.
But they didn't even have to, when they could just tap the ball down the ground and get four singles an over! This was perhaps the exact moment when England lost its grip. A test match that could have been a fascinating, low-scoring one is now doomed to be a one-sided one with the low-scores, in all likelihood, emanating from only one side!
a couple of times
recently about how captaining a side with two spinners isn't exactly easy. I am now convinced that Flintoff can't even captain a side with one
spinner in it!
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