England has an odd one day side. While coaches, captains and players come and go one thing remains constant: their variability. At times England can be lamentable almost to the point of hopelessness. The batting fails in the same way match after match. The bowlers look like they have forgotten how to bowl and the fielder drop catches for fun. Then mysteriously England flip into a different mentality. The batting looks remarkably solid and the bowling well directed. Even the fielders jump around and all of a sudden it looks like England could give anyone a run for their money.
Currently England is in the manic swing of its bipolar disorder. Twice in a week they have demolished West Indies. A full strength West Indies with Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul while England is without Flintoff and Pietersen. West Indies played poorly but maybe that was because England out-played them. England even managed to get runs off the spinners.
There have been many false dawns for England’s one day form so it would be unwise to suggest they can beat the world. At least at the moment they are not beating themselves and that must be a good thing.
4 days ago