English cricket May 13, 2011

England can still improve

Despite their Ashes success over the winter England and Andy Flower realise that there are still elements that can be improved writes Mike Selvey in the Guardian

Despite their Ashes success over the winter England and Andy Flower realise that there are still elements that can be improved writes Mike Selvey in the Guardian. How best to adapt the education from the Australian experience to future tours? In spite of the result, were there things that did not go right or could have been done better?

Perth and a year before that, the Wanderers in Johannesburg, provided evidence of Flower's concern that the batsmen in particular do not adapt sufficiently quickly when confronted with conditions unusual to them. At the Waca, where there was pace and bounce, they were given an object lesson in how to play by Mike Hussey, who knows the ground intimately. Some, Flower believes, do not acknowledge there is a problem in the first place, a starting post for any rehabilitation. Devising a training strategy to deal with that will be a priority

Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo

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