Cricket: Positives in the England Team Struggle

England is consistently losing to Pak in the ODI series. Their bowling looked really bad in the last ODI. Their batting failed in the previous two ODIs. Yet, I think there re positives in all of this. Firstly, I think England’s key players get some much needed rest (assuming of course they recover in time for the Ashes). Flintoff, Harmisson, Hoggard, Vaughn fit this category. Secondly, this opens up plenty of opportunity to unearth some new talent. Dalrymple is certainly a good find. Chris Read has had a good comeback. J Lewis and Broad appear to be good too, though it early to judge. Collingwood continues to look quite reliable.

Trescothick struggling at the top of the order is a huge concern for the English team and it might be a good idea to try out one more alternatives. If dropping him in the ODIs against Pak might be too extreme, it might make sense to try him down the order — open with Bell and try Peterson at number 3 and Trescothick at number 4. The latter approach might help him regain his confidence given that he is missing Champions trophy, his only other Intenational exposure prior to the Ashes.

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