Magazine article The Spectator

Peak Practice

Magazine article The Spectator

Peak Practice

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The batting collapse is the mark of the desperate cricket team: all who watch England know this of old. What is worse, it becomes a habit. There is a good, solid team ethic behind a collapse; a kind of safety in shared and total failure.

England's bowling has long been adequate: it was the tactic of the one-out-allout solidarity of the batting collapse that took them to the bottom of the Test match rankings. Last week, West Indies took the same dismal route.

England have indeed improved, and they were just about good enough to make West Indies look truly terrible. The match swung decisively in a period when the great fast bowlers, Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose, had to be rested. The support bowlers were poor, and - this is the point - the England batsmen had the confidence, the mental strength, the moral responsibility, to take them apart.

The fielding collapsed, and fielding is always the best indicator of team morale. The captain, Jimmy Adams, was reduced to bowling his own occasional spinners. …

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