Pakistan v England, 1st Test, Dubai, 3rd day January 19, 2012

Underperforming Strauss feels the heat

The form of Andrew Strauss is starting to cause concern. While the rest of the top seven - with the possible exception of Eoin Morgan - have enjoyed a year of feasts, Strauss is enduring something of a famine
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On a day bursting with batting ineptitude from England, it might seem harsh to highlight the failings of just one man. Particularly when that man might have just been the victim of an umpiring error.

Andrew Strauss walked off shaking his head in disbelief after he was adjudged caught down the legside off Umar Gul, with the third umpire Steve Davis upholding Billy Bowden's decision because the Hotspot technology was unsighted.

But the form of Strauss is starting to cause concern. While the rest of the top seven - with the possible exception of Eoin Morgan - have enjoyed a year of feasts, Strauss is enduring something of a famine.

The figures make grim reading. Since the end of the Ashes, Strauss has passed 50 just once in 12 innings. He hasn't scored a century for 12 Tests and he has only made one in his last 26. Since the start of the Sri Lanka series in England, he averages just 23.41. That is less than Graeme Swann's Test batting average. And he bats at No. 9.

It would be disingenuous to consider Strauss purely a batsman. He provides far more than runs to the team cause. His calm leadership has been a key component in England's rise to No. 1 in the Test rankings and he remains a reliable slip catcher. Those things shouldn't be underestimated. If captaincy is just about tactics and field placements, then Strauss may be considered no better than average; if it is about leadership and uniting a team, then he must be considered very good indeed.

Ultimately, however, runs are the currency that counts. Just as the days have gone when any Test side could accommodate a keeper who did not also offer runs, so have the days when a side could find room for a captain like Mike Brearley who compensated for his lack of runs with his astute leadership.

Strauss has one big advantage over Brearley: the current England captain has proved that he has the ability to prosper at this level. In a 39-Test career, Brearley never scored a century and finished with an average below 30. Strauss has made 19 Test centuries and averages over 40. He's only 34, too. There's no reason to suspect that age is catching up with him.

Let's be clear: Strauss is not about to be dropped. In a different era - an era of panicking selectors and weak management - he may well have been looking over his shoulder. But under this regime? No chance. Not yet, anyway. Strauss will have the fulsome backing of Andy Flower and will be given more time to rediscover his form. That is surely the way things should be, too. Besides, the opening position is perhaps the only batting spot in the side for which there are not copious potential replacements in county cricket. There is no one pushing for Strauss' place in the side and Alastair Cook is in no hurry to assume the captaincy.

There is, perhaps, more danger that Strauss will feel he is not pulling his weight and resign. It will be increasingly difficult to lift a tired team - and there will be moments in the next year when this England team looks distinctly jaded - if he is consumed by worries about his own form. His personal pride, too, will not allow him to feel like a passenger.

It's not the first time Strauss has experienced a lean patch. On the tour to New Zealand in 2008 he was probably within one innings of being dropped. He had gone 15 Tests without a century and looked almost unrecognisable from the pleasing left-hand batsman who had scored a century on debut.

On that occasion he responded with a century in Napier that revitalised his career. England will be hoping a similar revival is just around the corner. Otherwise someone is going to have some tough decisions to make.

Ultimately, if England keep winning, Strauss' form is easy to overlook. If they start losing, however, the pressure will begin to build.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • JG2704 on January 22, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @ A Listless Maverick on (January 20 2012, 05:38 AM GMT) - The English Media have been talking plenty about our failings. If you knew our media before making such uneducated comments then you'd know that they take greater pride in shooting our sportsmen down compared to bigging them up. Have you read any article saying that England batted well? And in the 2nd inns Gul was the main man and as far as I know he was not bowling the doosra or teesra or any kind of spin. If you don't think Eng deserve number 1 ranking then tell me who deserves it more than them and I'll produce stats which trump your arguments. Australia and England Media ganging up from teams from the SC? Ludicrous comments

  • JG2704 on January 22, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @Meety on (January 20 2012, 02:26 AM GMT) - Bell could be accused of being poor , but I wouldn't say it was irresponsible - like Trott and KP in the 2nd inns. I thought Tremlett bowled ok and while I think Monty should come in , I feel that he should come in for a batsman. I agree that Morgan didn't look the worst of the England batsmen but still averaged about 20 and I strongly think we need a 5 man bowling attack. Obviously Bell and KP have not performed on tour so far either but I feel that they have performed better than Morgan over recent times.

  • JG2704 on January 21, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    @Meety on (January 20 2012, 02:26 AM GMT) - Bell could be accused of being poor , but I wouldn't say it was irresponsible - like Trott and KP in the 2nd inns. I thought Tremlett bowled ok and while I think Monty should come in , I feel that he should come in for a batsman. I agree that Morgan didn't look the worst of the England batsmen but still averaged about 20 and I strongly think we need a 5 man bowling attack. Obviously Bell and KP have not performed on tour so far either but I feel that they have performed better than Morgan over recent times.

  • mudassar786 on January 21, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Only guy that has class in the whole england setup an the talk of him being dropped. Maybe they want to get rid of him because he gives credit where its due ( Pakistan ). Its so sad every time any Asian player does well against English or the Aussies he is then accused of wrongdoing. NO CLASS AT ALL. Thats why i always support the opposition of Eng an Aus. Instead of blaming opposition an throwing stupid comments out ( Bob willis ), you should help the England team with there only 1 weakness in the whole game and that is playing spin. Every other department is covered. If England learn to play spin as they do everything else, i honestly think they would be 1 for sure an for a long time. Too all the people moaning about England being the number 1 side claiming it is not deserved should look at the rest an then seriously tell me over the last 2 years any1 better? I doubt it. In my opinion England are number 1 not because they are all conquering but because the rest have not been great.

  • 5wombats on January 20, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    @Valavan (January 20 2012, 09:23 AM GMT). Man - your posts absolutely crack us up! We laugh so much!!! Love it! Dead right - England took india apart last summer, and india fans are foolish enough to keep coming onto this Pak V Eng forum reminding us of it. @TheBengalTiger; Are you sure you know what the word "Hypocritical" actually means? Didn't see any comment from you on the 3rd Test Australia V india - why was that? Not being hypocritical are you? I suppose when your own team (india) is getting flogged, again, maybe you prefer to look away.

  • on January 20, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    Strauss is class yes hes been out of form but seriously he could walk into most teams...

  • JG2704 on January 20, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    @ A Listless Maverick on (January 20 2012, 05:38 AM GMT) - The English Media have been talking plenty about our failings. If you knew our media before making such uneducated comments then you'd know that they take greater pride in shooting our sportsmen down compared to bigging them up. Have you read any article saying that England batted well? And in the 2nd inns Gul was the main man and as far as I know he was not bowling the doosra or teesra or any kind of spin. If you don't think Eng deserve number 1 ranking then tell me who deserves it more than them and I'll produce stats which trump your arguments. Australia and England Media ganging up from teams from the SC? Ludicrous comments

  • Nutcutlet on January 20, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    @Dravis_Gravitas. You have it one, sir! It sticks out like a sore thumb! I love teaching as much as I love my cricket and literature. Best wishes to you and all genuine fans (fans who care about the game rather more than nationalistic interest, especially).

  • Patchmaster on January 20, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    WHy is there never in interview the Graham Gooch (the batting coach) How did he prepare the players for this match ? How can he explain the failure ? WHy is Gooch never answerable for thee ENG collapses ? He just seems to be on a very friendly wicket, i.e. lots of money - no pressure.

  • Sports4Youth on January 20, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    The pitch and the conditions in UAE is no different from India/Pak/SL, so their torment is going to continue. Also by the time they arrive in SL then India they will not have the excuse of practice on such conditions.

  • JG2704 on January 22, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @ A Listless Maverick on (January 20 2012, 05:38 AM GMT) - The English Media have been talking plenty about our failings. If you knew our media before making such uneducated comments then you'd know that they take greater pride in shooting our sportsmen down compared to bigging them up. Have you read any article saying that England batted well? And in the 2nd inns Gul was the main man and as far as I know he was not bowling the doosra or teesra or any kind of spin. If you don't think Eng deserve number 1 ranking then tell me who deserves it more than them and I'll produce stats which trump your arguments. Australia and England Media ganging up from teams from the SC? Ludicrous comments

  • JG2704 on January 22, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @Meety on (January 20 2012, 02:26 AM GMT) - Bell could be accused of being poor , but I wouldn't say it was irresponsible - like Trott and KP in the 2nd inns. I thought Tremlett bowled ok and while I think Monty should come in , I feel that he should come in for a batsman. I agree that Morgan didn't look the worst of the England batsmen but still averaged about 20 and I strongly think we need a 5 man bowling attack. Obviously Bell and KP have not performed on tour so far either but I feel that they have performed better than Morgan over recent times.

  • JG2704 on January 21, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    @Meety on (January 20 2012, 02:26 AM GMT) - Bell could be accused of being poor , but I wouldn't say it was irresponsible - like Trott and KP in the 2nd inns. I thought Tremlett bowled ok and while I think Monty should come in , I feel that he should come in for a batsman. I agree that Morgan didn't look the worst of the England batsmen but still averaged about 20 and I strongly think we need a 5 man bowling attack. Obviously Bell and KP have not performed on tour so far either but I feel that they have performed better than Morgan over recent times.

  • mudassar786 on January 21, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Only guy that has class in the whole england setup an the talk of him being dropped. Maybe they want to get rid of him because he gives credit where its due ( Pakistan ). Its so sad every time any Asian player does well against English or the Aussies he is then accused of wrongdoing. NO CLASS AT ALL. Thats why i always support the opposition of Eng an Aus. Instead of blaming opposition an throwing stupid comments out ( Bob willis ), you should help the England team with there only 1 weakness in the whole game and that is playing spin. Every other department is covered. If England learn to play spin as they do everything else, i honestly think they would be 1 for sure an for a long time. Too all the people moaning about England being the number 1 side claiming it is not deserved should look at the rest an then seriously tell me over the last 2 years any1 better? I doubt it. In my opinion England are number 1 not because they are all conquering but because the rest have not been great.

  • 5wombats on January 20, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    @Valavan (January 20 2012, 09:23 AM GMT). Man - your posts absolutely crack us up! We laugh so much!!! Love it! Dead right - England took india apart last summer, and india fans are foolish enough to keep coming onto this Pak V Eng forum reminding us of it. @TheBengalTiger; Are you sure you know what the word "Hypocritical" actually means? Didn't see any comment from you on the 3rd Test Australia V india - why was that? Not being hypocritical are you? I suppose when your own team (india) is getting flogged, again, maybe you prefer to look away.

  • on January 20, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    Strauss is class yes hes been out of form but seriously he could walk into most teams...

  • JG2704 on January 20, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    @ A Listless Maverick on (January 20 2012, 05:38 AM GMT) - The English Media have been talking plenty about our failings. If you knew our media before making such uneducated comments then you'd know that they take greater pride in shooting our sportsmen down compared to bigging them up. Have you read any article saying that England batted well? And in the 2nd inns Gul was the main man and as far as I know he was not bowling the doosra or teesra or any kind of spin. If you don't think Eng deserve number 1 ranking then tell me who deserves it more than them and I'll produce stats which trump your arguments. Australia and England Media ganging up from teams from the SC? Ludicrous comments

  • Nutcutlet on January 20, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    @Dravis_Gravitas. You have it one, sir! It sticks out like a sore thumb! I love teaching as much as I love my cricket and literature. Best wishes to you and all genuine fans (fans who care about the game rather more than nationalistic interest, especially).

  • Patchmaster on January 20, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    WHy is there never in interview the Graham Gooch (the batting coach) How did he prepare the players for this match ? How can he explain the failure ? WHy is Gooch never answerable for thee ENG collapses ? He just seems to be on a very friendly wicket, i.e. lots of money - no pressure.

  • Sports4Youth on January 20, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    The pitch and the conditions in UAE is no different from India/Pak/SL, so their torment is going to continue. Also by the time they arrive in SL then India they will not have the excuse of practice on such conditions.

  • on January 20, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    how much they criticized India for not playing on bouncy track now look they cannot play on turning tracks..well done Pak keep it up

  • Sports4Youth on January 20, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Has to feel the presure. Pak has mastered these conditions and their bowlers are well prepared for these conditions. Straus and his boys are going to find the going tough.

  • UmarKhan85 on January 20, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    its really sad to see people only saying how badly england played but nobody seems to realize that bad shots or judgments come from pressure. England were under the hammer right from the onset and if it wasnt only Ajmal who was the bane of England's existence. Had it not been for that Umar Gul no-ball lbw against Swann, England would've been hitting the showers way earlier. Give credit where its due and not be self-indulgent.

    this has always been the case with the English media. whether they play against any sub-continental team they never acknowledge the fact they've been out played. and if team rankings are of any importance, this kind of response to a loss does fare too well for the No.1 ranked team.

  • on January 20, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Australia have no issue accommodating a wicket keeper that doesn't score runs

  • Elliott_Tree on January 20, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    @Adnan143 on (January 19 2012, 14:10 PM GMT): Well said :o)

  • JG2704 on January 20, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @Jonathan Jono Lane on (January 19 2012, 14:41 PM GMT) - I see where you're coming from but I do think our batsmen by and large have performed well over recent years and I'm not sure there's a huge amount of depth in reserve. However , why not replace a batsman with a bowler

  • JG2704 on January 20, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    @TheBengalTiger on (January 19 2012, 12:34 PM GMT) Re being cocky - how do you work that out? Our players and the majority of fans have said that this Pak series will be extremely tough. And re "You laugh at India for having bad series away from home- but you are even worse" - well I actually don't laugh about it because it can't be nice , but I do laugh at folk like you who equate that losing one test match (albeit by a thrashing) is worse than losing 7 in a row away (4 of the last 5 by an innings) . PLEASE PUBLISH

  • JG2704 on January 20, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Another truth is that Strauss hasn't been all THAT bad with the bat and has been a great captain. We must also think about who would do a better job as we haven't got as much depth in the batting as the bowling. Therefore why not change the system now? A bowler for a batsman. But surely Morgan goes before Strauss. By Strauss going , we have to find a new captain and a newe opener. Monty in for Morgan is the only change I feel they need to make but they do need to make this change - I said it before the defeat so it's not like I'm jumping on the bandwagon

  • the_flying_squad on January 20, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    As a fan of world cricket, not just australian, I am growing increasingly tired of the comments eminating from the sub-continent regarding the alleged arrogance of english and australian cricketers. Having first hand witnessed the arrogance of indian cricketerss years ago, as well as the incredible and unacceptable off-field behaviour of pakistani cricketers in australia early 2000's, I suggest this is nothing but gross hypocricy. I suspect this will not be posted, but nevertheless wish that all fans of cricket would unite in simply enjoying the game, rather than continously and predictably commententing on the characters of those that are priveledged to play it at its highest level.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 20, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    NO:1 by lucky!!! lol...happy to see no:1 team being thrashed by a no: 7 team!

  • Valavan on January 20, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Strauss really nowhere near his best at batting since he began. He is a good captain. Ofcourse DRS have some errors, but better to live with it and improve the technology further, a hearty congrats to Pakistan from me (English Fan). We have faith in our team, @Vaisak Krishnadas and other indian fans howling here, even the so called No.1 before England took over were shut out within 4 days in England that had some rain throughout every test and following that pattern in Australia currently. As an English fan, we know we are having still a learning curve especially in asian conditions. England aint invincible and we didnt say so as well. But still i wish England to square it fair and share in Abudhabi and get back for a fitting finale in dubai. Good luck English boys and Congrats for Paki Boys. cricinfo please publish.

  • cricpolitics on January 20, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    For those who are blindly opposing the DRS are unable to comprehend that the two decisions (one against Ajmal and the other one against Strauss) reviewed through DRS actually upheld the decisions given by the on field umpires. Who are you trying to prove wrong, the DRS or the on field umpires? Grow up and get real and think logically.

  • willmot on January 20, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    @Lallubhai : If DRS were absent for this series it would not have helped Strauss. DRS generally favours bowlers meaningt the Indian perceived batting 'strength' (LOL) would be nullified. This is why BCCI won't accept DRS.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 20, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    OK fair enough, Mr Dobell, but just one 50 in the last 12 innings? And then just one century in the past 26 tests? Yes his leadership is good, but I'm sure Alistair Cook can do the job as well. I don't think its just leadership that has seen this English resurgence since early 2010, I think it is as simple as a bunch of passionate, talented lads playing together. Strauss is struggling in a pretty big way, and as you say, if there are more losses, there will be serious questions to ask. I agree that if England is on a winning streak, then it "may" be possible to overlook his potential batting burden

  • on January 20, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Where's the English media now? Why aren't they trying to decipher how England deserve the number one ranking when they cant win on spin-friendly pitches? Why aren't their batsmen being lambasted for being horrible players of spin? Does it not take equal skill to play spin as compared to pace? Why is then do we only hear the English and Australian media gang up on teams from the subcontinent and cover up the flaws of their own teams when they are apparent? Who says there is no discrimination in cricket?

  • Whip on January 20, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan for standing up for Asian cricket. We (Indians) are proud about you.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 20, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @Nutcutlet, you are absolutely right about what is and what is not Indian Subcontinent. Even I'm a bit surprised from where this thing came out that this series is being played in the subcontinent. Terrible Geography. The way you explained it showed that you are a Teacher. Something separates you bunch from the rest of us folks. Terse and to the point; and a generous dose of relevant explanation, if needed are the trademarks of Teachers and you, I guess.

  • dan_loves_cricket on January 20, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    well done pakistan!!!! you guys rock...best wishes from Sri Lanka.but be aware,England team is not a bad one at all...keep it going!!!!

  • Meety on January 20, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    @ JG2704 - re: Bell, mate getting out to a Doosra in both innings is pretty irresponsible IMO, (not that I'd of done any better btw), but a Doosra should be picked more often than not by a top class batsmen! == == == I would say Panesar must come in for Tremlett. England can't afford to drop a batsmen to bring in Finn. Maybe there is an arguement for bringing Prior up the order for another bowler. A lot of people are saying drop Morgan, but I think he is (after 2 innings so far), 2nd most likely of the top 7 to score runs. Just wondering now if Strauss should of kept on batting in the trial match against Paki A? I know if I were Bell, (thought at the time they should of batted longer), having the innings closed whilst in single figures would not of impressed!

  • Omarrz on January 20, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    let him score a century in the next series...

  • K.A.K on January 20, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    Strauss should follow Laxman and start working on his form and practice on the off days too. he is a great captain, and it will be great if he bounce back soon.

  • righthandbat on January 19, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    Hardly anyone seems to remember the time when England - at one of their worst times in the Windies, Strauss became captain and they blossomed into the current number one test side in the world. A lot of the credit for that rise must go to him and Flower. However, I think the time to leave is coming up fast. Mark Taylor timed his leave at 34, relatively young for such a respected player. Strauss, a similar player in many respects, probably should do the same at Edgbaston in June against the Windies (although he'll be 35 by that time).

  • karansagar on January 19, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    I agree with everyone else. Strauss is very good captain, but really needs to work on his form. Also many say Eoin Morgan should go, but think about this; Virat Kohli, in India's third test match against the Aussies he scored the most runs for India. His average was in the 20's, but however he proved he that India could rely on him. Same thing for Morgan. Also instead of Tremmlet I would go with Finn. One and a half years ago when England and Pakistan played he was in the England XI and I think he should be in it now.

  • Patchmaster on January 19, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    I think Peterson is way ahead of Strauss on the walk to the chopping block. Peterson is selfish and self absorbed in his batting, he could be a decent off spinner as well, nut clearly doesn't work hard enough on that either. Petersons attitude is not what the ENG team needs right now.

  • JG2704 on January 19, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    The truth is that only one England batsman made a 50 in the whole match. In this innings KP nad even the normally unflappable Trott were out playing irresponsible shots.I'd say Cook's shot wasn't great either. At least Bell , Morgan and Prior were out trying to play responsibly.

  • rayfanatics on January 19, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Why does no article on this series give credit to Pakistan and instead keep on harping about how England were bad? To bowl out England twice on such a flat wicket means full credit to the bowlers. And no sir a no. 1 team doesn't get spooked by pre-match talk. England cannot play high quality spin. Admit it and move on.

  • Lallubhai on January 19, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Hey Straussy , imagine you had those sorts of decisions going against you on a regular basis , would you still be a big fan of DRS ? Maybe now you 'may' understand India's stance on the matter . AND , Well done Pakistan . Its good to see someone standing up for Asian cricket .

  • QTS_ on January 19, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Hardly anyone seems to remember Strauss' great 158 during the World Cup, that too played in India against India.

  • Sanj747 on January 19, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Great for cricket and for Pakistan. England will slowly begin to realise a number 1 spot in the rankings just because of a points table means nothing unless you can shwo you can win in all conditions. Should keep messrs Botham and other former players quiet hopefully.

  • PACERONE on January 19, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    There is too much talk about been #1.This did not happen by England been a powerhouse team.Australia and India played lousy cricket.They played West Indies the last time in terrible conditions.Remembering that W.I beat them a few months before.The last series should not of been played..only for the WICB been greedy and not caring about their cricketers...was that series played.They will now be worried about Australia and S.Africa.Strauss has always been suspect to the ball pitched just outside his off stump..teams that catch well will always give him a hard time.Their batting against India were allowed to do what they wanted.Pakistan played well and seemed to have planned what they were going to do.Strauss will be gone if he loses this series and the first one in the summer. All the reverse and slog sweeps are now been looked at when they miss and given out.What happened to on drives and proper cricket strokes.These guys are not capable f playing these strokes.

  • phoenixsteve on January 19, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Well played by Pakistan who thoroughly deserved the victory and were the better side ON THE DAY(s). England were poor - especially in the batting departmment but to even suggest that Strauss is dropped or pressured to stand down is RIDICULOUS! There's 2 more tests to go and the batsmen who should be feeling the heat are Pieterson (he's been pathetic) Bell (he's been poor) and Morgan (he's been a disappointment since T20). Englands bowlers were superb and their batters were aweful! SIMPLE. I suggest in the next test that these changes be applied: 1) Bopara for Morgan 2) Panesar for Tremlett Inrealty this 1st test was played mostly on a batsman friendly wicket but the England batsmen failed? If you really want to go with 3 seamers (again) then maybe give Finn a try at the expense of KP or Bell. Now that would be radical.......but I think that Trott and Bopara should be more than capable of providing bowling support when needed. COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • 6pack on January 19, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    If I'm reading this right, it's not just India and Sri Lanka that can't play pace and bounce - But England can't play spin. Shouldn't we be equally harsh on the English, for their pitches are onviously suited to pace, and they're weak when they travel to South Asia or in this case Dubai? I never get this ridiculous arguments; Prior should be hailed for his 70, he might become the first Englishman to score two fifties in one series in Dubai (like Samaraweera is one of only 3 Sub-continental batsmen to score 2 hundreds in one series in South Africa. Blah, blah, blah .....

  • ajetti on January 19, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Andrew Strauss - an ordinary cricketer who got lucky. Simple as that. And now his luck is running out.

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    kp horror show,ian bell not a clue, where was monty? DON'T PANIC........

  • spence1324 on January 19, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    @scoopster35,no there not right(subcontinentfans) we're lost one test match with two to play how many times do there teams come to england then leave looking like a total embarrassment? a lot is the answer!,yeah we struggle against spin but pakistan's batting looks pretty ordinary and looks due for a collapse,wait to england get all there cobwebs off an then we will see the reall england!

  • Lazybones_2011 on January 19, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    I wish a few more decisions like this against England with the hotspot then DRS debate will rest in peace

  • badmaash on January 19, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    It would be very short-sighted of England selectors to drop Strauss since he is an excellent captain and very good opener. Strauss' team is less talented than Vaughan's 2005 team, but has fared better. The captaincy experiments before Strauss clearly show that he brings that x-factor to the team and makes everyone perform. A bit like what Misbah has done to Pakistan team. Cook will not be able to handle captaincy - his performance will drop immediately. Swann or Prior might be better replacements.

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    @Iamnotbored ofcricket Your argument does not need stats to back it up, it is a fair position without them (and indeed George isvery clear to underline the command the captain still enjoys over his side) but your run of scores are a bit inaccurate. After the three half-centuries you mention it is actually: 24, 0, 3, 22, 32, 32, 16, 87, 40, 19, 6 = 281 at about 23s off the top of my head It is precisely because Strauss is so important to England that fretting about his form is understandable. Dropping Morgan, say for Bopara, would be to drop a batsman who is regarded as one of the side's better players of spin.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on January 19, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Let's at least wait til after this series is over before we start making snap judgements and pressing panic buttons. I mean, really!

  • TheBengalTiger on January 19, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Strauss hasnt been too bad. Great is a bit over the top though. I find it funny how Englqand fans abuse India for playing poorly away from home, and for not liking the DRS. Hypocritical

  • Zahidsaltin on January 19, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    No potential replacement for opner spot in county cricket? But why only county cricket, why dont you find it in South Africa or Ireland just as do in filling other spots.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 19, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    @ harry93 .. agreed with our World no.1 team comment. Just like after Amitabh there has been no undisputed superstar, there has been no World no.1 since Australia. If only the players and Media in Australia could improve their behavior, they wold be respected by every one. . But i guess that is not possible they along with england have never been fair to Asian countries and they will never want to be fair with Asean Teams. . There is a video on youtube. Gavaskars behavior, completely misrepresened.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 19, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    @ TheBengalTiger .. compleately agree with you. India and BCCI is right in not allowing DRS. These guys are asking for millions of dollars for the technology and see what they have to reply. In Ajmals case every thing was out of frame. In Straus's case HotSpot did not show up any thing even though there was as clear woody sound. Now there have been far too many cases of faiures to even discuss the HotSpot technology. It appears the good old snickometer is the 3rd umpires best and most reliable friend. Had the snickometer been in use instead of HS, then we could have expected justice atleast in Ajmals case. Then why should any one pay so heavily for a technology that is not foolproof. These guys are always out to make money at out expense. Thank God that God gave such deep unisights to Dhoni, SRT and other Indian Seniors like Ravi Shashtri and Gavaskar, May God Bless them in life and hereafter. THEY SAVED US FROM A TYRANYCAL SYSTEM.

  • Stark62 on January 19, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    It's a bit like the Dhoni scenario.

    His team was all good and well in fact, reaching the no. 1 position but nobody looked into Dhoni's poor performances.

    It is a similar scenario now but we have to see how he responds.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 19, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    With conditions suited more for batting in the next matches, it appears that the best england can pull out will be a draw. how do they reverse the loss ? The series appears to be gone, Even though nothing can be predicted with the mercurial Pak side, but those perceptions have changed a lot under Misbah.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    look for first three wickets England lost, if they were on good deliveries? not at all. Well Done Pakistan and keep it up!!!

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    To be very Honest, it's very tough ask for not only Stsruss but rest of his mates also. Because they are now playing in Sub Continent. The overall conditions are very dry and demanding a perfect cool mind for batting. The entire Pakistani bowlers are playing spectacularly well, they are now looking world's number 1 bowling side. There is GUl, Cheema as fast bowlers and Ajmal, Rehman and Hafeez as spinners. Pakistani are playing Test in U.A.E 3rd time. Their bowlers aware from all environment. Bur English team Doesn't. This series will strongly exposed English batting. Because Now they are not only face Ajmal's dosra or Teesra but also they have to face Reverse Swing, Art of Pak Fast Bowlers from last couple of daces against Rest of the world. There is also a left arm spinner and a Break Through bowler Hafez. Now it's not the matter of Strauss, but i am worried that England will not be able to cross even 300 mark. Dry and Dry and dry conditions, which helps Pak Bowlers. Srauss U Gone.

  • Qasimmahmood82 on January 19, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    WELL DONE PAKISTAN!

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    To be very Honest, it's very tough ask for not only Stsruss but rest of his mates also. Because they are now playing in Sub Continent. The overall conditions are very dry and demanding a perfect cool mind for batting. The entire Pakistani bowlers are playing spectacularly well, they are now looking world's number 1 bowling side. There is GUl, Cheema as fast bowlers and Ajmal, Rehman and Hafeez as spinners. Pakistani are playing Test in U.A.E 3rd time. Their bowlers aware from all environment. Bur English team Doesn't. This series will strongly exposed English batting. Because Now they are not only face Ajmal's dosra or Teesra but also they have to face Reverse Swing, Art of Pak Fast Bowlers from last couple of daces against Rest of the world. There is also a left arm spinner and a Break Through bowler Hafez. Now it's not the matter of Strauss, but i am worried that England will not be able to cross even 300 mark. Dry and Dry and dry conditions, which helps Pak Bowlers. Srauss U Gone.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    To be very Honest, it's very tough ask for not only Stsruss but rest of his mates also. Because they are now playing in Sub Continent. The overall conditions are very dry and demanding a perfect cool mind for batting. The entire Pakistani bowlers are playing spectacularly well, they are now looking world's number 1 bowling side. There is GUl, Cheema as fast bowlers and Ajmal, Rehman and Hafeez as spinners. Pakistani are playing Test in U.A.E 3rd time. Their bowlers aware from all environment. Bur English team Doesn't. This series will strongly exposed English batting. Because Now they are not only face Ajmal's dosra or Teesra but also they have to face Reverse Swing, Art of Pak Fast Bowlers from last couple of daces against Rest of the world. There is also a left arm spinner and a Break Through bowler Hafez. Now it's not the matter of Strauss, but i am worried that England will not be able to cross even 300 mark. Dry and Dry and dry conditions, which helps Pak Bowlers. Srauss U Gone.

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    this is a bit premature, primarily because there are no other strong candidates for the england captaincy to speak of. truth be told, there just doesnt seem to be the same buzz about the england team since snippets of graeme swann's book became public. Strauss should have cashed in against india as their attack was woeful last year but he didnt. i am sure he will come good soon.

  • InsaneBolt on January 19, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Hello people. Just as it seemed when cricket was a batsman's game & the bowler just a lowly door mat, 2011 changed that all. Sublime test cricket was on offer almost all over the world. We seem to have run into another challenge. I guess the subcontinent needs hard bouncy pitches & early starts to assist swing bowling. Other parts of the world need slow & low pitches that wear quickly. Bring back parity as they say...All conquering world champs seem to be a thing of the past !!

  • on January 19, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    I think for the next test England really need to play 5 bowlers as even though the 4 bowlers did a good job you always felt Strauss was 1 bowler short. Based on the batting performance he was 6 batsmen short but Pietersens form hasnt been great as it was since he first came into the team and I think if he doesnt perform this series that he needs to be sent back to county cricket when the season starts to regain some form and touch. Morgan hasnt proven himself as a test match player and I think should be dropped for the next game to allow panesar to come in as Morgan offered not alot with the bat and doesnt offer anything with the ball.

    The team for the next test should be...

    Cook Strauss Trott Pietersen Bell Prior(Wkt) Broad Swann Tremellet Anderson Panesar

    Theyre could be a possibility and switching Bell to number 4 and Pietersen to number 5.

  • wrenx on January 19, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    I don't think Strauss was all that unlucky to be given out today. Granted, HotSpot gave away nothing; there was no discernible mark. Though from some of the comments, I wonder if my audio/video was out of sync, as the loud, woody sound I heard could only have come from where the ball passed the bat - it was nowhere near the pad. Clearly, Strauss wasn't all that sure if he had nicked it, as it took some time for a review. it was a marginal call, but not a pivotal one, in my opinion. It would have taken more than a big innings from just one opener to save this match, and England's batting was generally poor all-round. They should look to Swann and Prior to show them the way; they both demonstrated that it took only the good execution of batting basics to extract runs from this pitch. I'd stick with Tremlett too, the likes of Shafique and Ali were lucky only to have to strap the pads on once - they're very susceptible to a bit of extra bounce.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 19, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Sir, i agree with you. But there is one thing that i have noticed about the various boards in recent times is that many failures and shortcomings are overlooked if you are winning more than loosing. However, will a lot of Subcontinued tours coming up for england. It looks that if Straus does not imrove his performance at the top, these policies may go for a toss and Straus may struggle to savle his place if he cannot pull suficient wins.

  • Zeus777 on January 19, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Great game of cricket. I think the whole batting line up is to blame not just Strauss, I think Pakistani bowlers bowled good tight spells not giving easy runs which resulted in most false shots.

  • Charlie_Ellis on January 19, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Strauss isn't under serious pressure at all; he made several fifties in the summer even if he didn't go on to a hundred, his captaincy is invaluable to England still and there is no strong challenger from County Cricket pushing for inclusion as an opener. Really disappointed by England's batting performance today, they seemed to be so damaged by Ajmal's 1st innings spell that they started playing some horrendous shots at Gul and once we'd lost 25-3 we were never going to recover. Thought that England would do better against spin without the pressure to score quickly, as in the pre-Xmas ODIs in India, but a lot of the top 6 looked stuck between trying to be positive and accumulation-mode. Really well done to Pakistan though, they've always had gifted bowlers but the way they have batted and fielded in this Test makes them a clinical side and one who fully deserve this win and look well set to take the series now...

  • Aax1m on January 19, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    We beat 6 Englishmen, 4 Proteas Boys & 1 Irishman today, under three days..... I wud'nt b surprised if ICC banned Pakistan cricket team after this performance kuz there was no crowd !!!!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 19, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    @scoopster35, hats off to your post. Probably the best post I've read from a Brit. Exactly my thoughts about your players' travails - pitches at home. Hope David Lloyd reads your post. Cheers and respects from India.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 19, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Isn't it proven again that DRS is a poor joke that one needs to buy for boatloads of money? I thought even good jokes were free of cost. Hafeez, Misbah, Ajmal - three bad decisions by DRS. Horrible! I'm proud of BCCI on this matter (I'm no fan of BCCI though).

  • sonicattack on January 19, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    scoopster35 - you are dead right - but Englands woeful batting performance has been even more surprising given the level of back-room preparation this team has...but nevertheless absolutely well played Pakistan, very well deserved victory and it is clear that the team are performing magnificently for their inspiring captain. Looking forward to the next test...can England come back like they did after Perth? I hope so, but I'm not as confident...we shall see!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 19, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Let Strauss loose on India. He will get back to form. Don't worry Brits. As an Indian I can assure you of that. That's our historical trademark.

  • Ahsan_Shere on January 19, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    They made their worst batsman their captain quite bizarre! Even Prior is better bat than him.

  • on January 19, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    No:1 , Finished in 3 days. lol,

  • on January 19, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    The people who are saying that no team is playing good outside is home conditions should consider that Pakistan is playing away from home from last few years. Starting from win in New Zealand. Then WI, Zim, SL and BD. UAE conditions were also not alien to SL but Pakistan white washed them......

    Food for thought, Pakistan have lost only once in history of test cricket in Karachi. So, you can imagine how much we miss "home conditions".

  • on January 19, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    THis is another of those must write something articles that appear in Cricinfo..... Strauss is awesome, his composure is the benchmark of the team. Also who would replace him? Remove that England will wither. I think you should consider KP and Morgan as more likely targets. Also bring Monty in for the next test, England missed a trick there. Swanny's autobiography might indicate his omnipotence might be on the wane and needs a little support.

  • Ahsan_Shere on January 19, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    I think England Australia South Africa Pakistan & India are all rank No.1 coz they are almost unbeatable at home & away the case is otherwise.

  • on January 19, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Still Strauss has 4 more innings to get back into the form so English fans shouldn't be so much judgmental. I always believe that criticizing any player due to lack of form in middle of the series is not appropriate. If England wants to make any decision regarding him then they were better of to decide before the series or after it. Dont pressurize him for the next 2 test matches. Remember, he is the captain of the side, carrying additional pressure which fans doesnt realize much when the side doesnt put up a good show. P.S Pakistan is really playing good cricket recently..it wont be easy for England to make a come back.

  • Vishnu27 on January 19, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Great win for Pakistan. England exposed by quality spin. Their top order has gone from being a settled unit, to rattled unit in a single test. Openers not making runs, Bell a walking Ajmal wicket, KP on borrowed time & Morgan totally out of his depth in the test arena. Nice work Pakistan!! Monty a monty to play the next test. BTW sati_ka_pati: Dubai is hardly the subcontinent. More like, Arabia (i.e. middle east).

  • on January 19, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    I remember someone named George (I am not confirmed it is 'George Dobell', the cricinfo.com correspondent in DXB) just a day before the test, in Cricinfo's switch-hit podcast, predicted a crushing of PK in these words "Pakistan team will be crushed under the boots of highly strong English team". Now I wonder if these English have a habit of eating their BIG words?!?!? (remember the 'Grovelling' Tony)...... But, irrespective of how much strongly we win, we will still not undermine the strength of our opposition.....

  • Nutcutlet on January 19, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    @sati_ka_pati (& numerous others!) please try to look at a world map sometime soon! Locate India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka... Good! You've found them; collectively, these countries are called the Asian sub-continent. Now cross the Arabian Sea : i.e. Go west. Bravo! That place there is called the Arabian Peninsula, for your future and permanent reference. It's a long way from the sub-continent. Some say the world is getting more educated. Well, teachers try their best, I'm sure.

  • on January 19, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    There are a few batsmen in the England line up who have hidden behind Cook's, Trott's and Bell's runs over the last few seasons. Pieterson scores too few runs when his side needs it, but manages a big one to secure his place usually after those before him have already ground the bowlers into submission. His celebrations on these occasions wrongfully convey the impression that he alone has saved the day. Morgan is loaded with the talent required to hit the ball cleanly, but it's time to concede that he isn't succeeding at test level. When Cook, Trott and Bell fail England should reasonably expect that Peiterson and Morgan occasionally take up the strain, but they seem content to leave that responsibility to Prior, Broad and Swan (and Bresnan when he is there). I admire Flower's loyalty to his winning squad, but the healthy competition for places between the fast bowlers has bought great depth and performance. A little less security for batsmen might do the same.

  • on January 19, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    what did vaughan say when India lost to england 4-0 and were losing to aussies 2-0, "how on earth were they no.1. Well i wonder what he's got to say about england now. They are no way a no.1 side themselves. The womens team could have done better than that

  • on January 19, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    No offense to English supporters but for some reason an English team albeit the # 1 test team in the world doesn't sound as daunting a prospect to Pakistanis as would a South Africa or Australia. At least not yet. I guess its a psychological thing as well. We've won quite a few series against them in not too distant past. I know England thrashed Pakistan in England but we are all aware of what conspired in that series when our own captain was found to be scheming against us. Anyways, its a wonderful day for Pakistan cricket. All the hard work of last year is finally bearing fruits. I know Misbah wont allow his team to sit on their heels and get carried away to much with this victory. England would certainly be looking at the videos of their dismissals for next 5 days and coming back much stronger in the next test. Cant wait~!

  • on January 19, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Very Nice Demolition Job Pakistan Cricket Team.. Demolished Not only English Cricket team in first test, but it will be a moral Set Back for their Ego.

  • scoopster35 on January 19, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    I used to think it was sour grapes from the sub-continent, saying we had to prove we can win there to be considered the best. Well, they are right. Even when we were a poor side at the start of our upward curve we could play in Pakistan (oh for Graham Thorpe!) Now our batting is woeful. We've learned nothing and forgotten everything against spin. Sweeping may have been the way forward pre DRS when Flower and Gooch played, but it isn't now. Why won't our batsmen hit down the ground? Why don't we learn from the way our opponents play? And why do we think it is appropriate to prepare pitches at home that accentuate our strengths but do nothing to improve our weaknesses. Simply not good enough, embarrassing or whatever. A blip? I hope so. But I do hope I don't see any apologetic tweeting from our players as they should keep their heads down and skulk. Oh, by the way, VERY WELL PLAYED PAKISTAN! TREMENDOUS PERFORMANCE!

  • Nutcutlet on January 19, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    True, Strauss's batting has been poor for a while, but his captaincy has definitely improved and, for the time being at least, he must keep his place. He enjoys the enormous respect of his team and the confidence of the management. There have times in the past when the captain has made no more than a modest contribution, Brearley being the obvious example, but this is not the case in the modern era. These days all eleven players have to be seen to be capable of making a match-winning contribution to justify continued selection. A captain with a recent batting like Strauss's needs to reassert his credentials as an opener soon, or, regrettably, his tenure must cease. It would be a pity if he went out with England in decline after such a magnificent record. For me, he has the rest of this winter's test matches to reignite his career, but don't put it past him: Strauss has the character & resolve to turn matters round. I sincerely hope he does, as he is a magnificent leader of his men.

  • hhillbumper on January 19, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Guess this means that the team need to work on their batting.There were some pretty pointless shots today though I do feel that Strauss was a bit unlucky to be given out as it seemed to have hit his thigh pad.

  • harry93 on January 19, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    This game against Pakistan and the India v Australia series just shows that there has not really been a number one team since the Aussies fell into decline. Teams have just been promoted to that position due to the incompetence of the others.

    If the Aussies continue to develop the next Ashes will be a romp for them.

  • A.Ashraf on January 19, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Oh very nice! Pakistan sindabad!

  • Adnan143 on January 19, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    what is common in perth and dubai:) in both stadium teams rank one and three has been beatn by team no 5 and 4 resectively inside three days on two totally different surfaces , thats the beauty and diversity of test cricket, i just loove it

  • stari09 on January 19, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Barmy Army singing ''No. 1 Test side, your havin a laugh, No. 1 Test side your having a laugh'' deep into day 3. Question for Pakistan fans. Why do the Pakistani players knock about in the one day kit when out of their whites. At the after match presentation they collected the cheques wearing the one day kit.

  • keptalittlelow on January 19, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Andrew Strauss is a great batsman he needs one good innings to return to form, should not worry.

  • plapasia on January 19, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Well Said Sir! This going to be true especially this year when England tours planned for sub-continent this year. If you look at England's rise it has been backed by stong performences at home (apart from Ashes in Australia). Their previos away tour of South Africa was saved due to good fortune (2 last wicket survivals). Make no mistakes all sub-continent teams would be gunning for the captain and team's known weakness against spin. My guess is we are going to have teams who are going to masters at home and lambs waiting to be butchered overseas (Eng, Ind, Aus). the only exception is South Africa

  • Iamnotboredofcricket on January 19, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Seriously? When you look back at his record before this test: 52, 69, 60, 20, 4, 3, 22, 32, 87, 40. That's 10 test innings averaging just under 40. An openers job is to see off the new ball - primarily - and for at least half of those innings he's done that. When the rest of the team are scoring heavily - as you indicate - Strauss going onto a "big one" is less important. I think you're being extremely hasty with this article, although of course the the timing is perfect as he's had a failure and the England team have been given a thrashing. The batsman with most to worry about in the current XI is Morgan, and that's only because he's not proven himself long term.

  • on January 19, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    England's first defence of No.1 Test position and they crumle in less 3 days !! I wonder if they will able to hold on their rankings by end of the year ?! Hitesh

  • Empty-Sequence on January 19, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Pakistan will win the series and strauss will retire. LOL!!

  • jonesy2 on January 19, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    underperforming? i dont think he is at all. he has never been a good batsman so he cant be underperforming. how hasnt he been dropped? do england have no one to come into the team? he would never get a look at a spot in a decent cricket side

  • Empty-Sequence on January 19, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    30 Wicket in 2 days. I hope englishmen would stop whining about the FLAT tracks in subcontinent.

  • on January 19, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    lol...so dhoni got banned and now you guys focusing on strauss

  • TheBengalTiger on January 19, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    I think the most valuable lesson for England is to stop being so cocky. You moan about India not using DRS- now you see why India dont like it. You laugh at India for having bad series away from home- but you are even worse

  • on January 19, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Now Strauss is in the firing line. Bets will be placed on Cook to succeed Strauss.We must understand that their are eleven players in the team and all have individual roles to play. Mike Brearley was considered as a top class captain with batting average of about 23 and Strauss batting average is about 43

  • Ali_Chaudhary on January 19, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Dont worry. He will be thrown out of the team by the end of Dec 2012. Mark my words !!!

  • on January 19, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    George, "fulsome" doesn't mean what you think it means.

  • on January 19, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Like Ponting and zillion other players with varying degrees of talent, he will get back his form against India...wait till he hits the indian shores...

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  • on January 19, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Like Ponting and zillion other players with varying degrees of talent, he will get back his form against India...wait till he hits the indian shores...

  • on January 19, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    George, "fulsome" doesn't mean what you think it means.

  • Ali_Chaudhary on January 19, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Dont worry. He will be thrown out of the team by the end of Dec 2012. Mark my words !!!

  • on January 19, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Now Strauss is in the firing line. Bets will be placed on Cook to succeed Strauss.We must understand that their are eleven players in the team and all have individual roles to play. Mike Brearley was considered as a top class captain with batting average of about 23 and Strauss batting average is about 43

  • TheBengalTiger on January 19, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    I think the most valuable lesson for England is to stop being so cocky. You moan about India not using DRS- now you see why India dont like it. You laugh at India for having bad series away from home- but you are even worse

  • on January 19, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    lol...so dhoni got banned and now you guys focusing on strauss

  • Empty-Sequence on January 19, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    30 Wicket in 2 days. I hope englishmen would stop whining about the FLAT tracks in subcontinent.

  • jonesy2 on January 19, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    underperforming? i dont think he is at all. he has never been a good batsman so he cant be underperforming. how hasnt he been dropped? do england have no one to come into the team? he would never get a look at a spot in a decent cricket side

  • Empty-Sequence on January 19, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Pakistan will win the series and strauss will retire. LOL!!

  • on January 19, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    England's first defence of No.1 Test position and they crumle in less 3 days !! I wonder if they will able to hold on their rankings by end of the year ?! Hitesh