Once upon a time, Australian batsmen averaging in the forties would be in danger of being given the boot if they couldn’t score at four an over.
In truth, Australia were wise not to let their bats stray too far from the stumps for most of yesterday’s play, but it has given rise to an odd situation. It seemed like England were failing to make the most of decent bowling conditions and yet Australia’s wicketkeeper’s already in to bat and his team’s only scored 134.
Flaying at wide balls when the ball’s moving is just stupid, but killing time until you edge one defensively ain’t much better. Are these Aussie batsmen doing what they think is best or are they just keen to be seen to be doing what other people might think is right?
Australian batsmen used to make sure they had a say in what fields were set to them. These guys simply accept their lot and try and make the best of it.
If you took their bats away from them and handed them mushy peas instead, they’d probably have a little meeting about it, concluding that at least with mushy peas the edges probably won’t carry.