Former England captain and Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss spoke the language of an ordinary English cricket fan as he opened up about another horror show from his team’s batting line up.England, who were tormented on some ‘poor’ wickets in Chennai and Ahmedabad, didn’t apply themselves in Motera on a pitch which had true bounce. It seemed that they were a bit scared and yet to recover from the previous losses. As a result, they were bundled out for 205.
“The Indian bowling was good, we’ve come to expect good quality Indian bowling… but let’s not hide away from the truth: England’s batting in these conditions is not good enough, quite frankly,” he said on Channel 4.”You can think of all sorts of excuses around pitches and balls and inexperience, but if you want to win in India you have got to find a way of getting first-innings runs and England haven’t been able to do that,” he added.
England wasted an opportunity on Day 1 of the fourth and final Test at Motera in Ahmedabad. After winning a crucial toss and electing to bat first, despite playing with an extra batsman, the visitors were bowled out for a below-par 205 in the 76th over. It was a combination of some excellent bowling from the Indians and some poor batting from the England batsmen on a wicket that was good to bat on and was not doing much for the bowlers on the opening day in Ahmedabad.
Axar Patel gave India the early breakthrough when he saw the back of Dom Sibley in the sixth over – the opener left a huge gap between the bat and pad and the ball went through his defense hitting the stumps. Sibley has failed in his last 6 innings in India after the brilliant 87 in the first innings of the series opener in Chennai. The impressive Zak Crawley got a bit over ambitious and danced down the track to Patel in his very next over only to sky one to Mohammed Siraj at mid off.