Shocking batting from Hampshire in the last two games but the high quality of the bowling has been covering up the flakiness of the top order batting all season. The makeshift openers in particular have had a poor season.In a nail-biting finish at Edgbaston, Warks win by 5 runs to avoid the drop !
No doubt some hard words were being said in Yorksheer yesterday about the Hants batting.Shocking batting from Hampshire in the last two games but the high quality of the bowling has been covering up the flakiness of the top order batting all season.
Sir Geoffrey made exactly that point especially as the games are played early and late season. Also he refereed to poor pitches and so many games ending early so that 10 matches is not 40 days cricket; especially if Chelmsford comes into it.Given the English weather, the 10 red ball games could easily become 6 or 7.
Less quantity leads to more time to prepare and train leads to higher quality games. Especially as part of the "vision" will be that the better players will gravitate towards the top division. The dearth of Sheffield Shield games have rarely hampered Australia in providing high quality Test players.How can playing less games improve players? TBH Strauss always comes across as a bit of a berk to me.