Ruthless England

I have to say that I was very impressed with the manner in which England bounced back today from their complacent defeat to Bangladesh on Saturday, it was a performance more akin to an Australian team, than England.

When Craig Kieswetter again went cheaply, I did wonder if England would set a decent target, I thought they might struggle with the prospect of a humiliating defeat hanging over them.

Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott put paid to that theory, and England put Bangladesh to the sword in a ruthless fashion.

It was also good to see the selectors give Ajmal Shahzad another run out, he was in danger of becoming the next Adil Rashid, such is the amount of time he has spent on the sidelines with England lately.

He had a shaky match at Bristol, but bounced back well today. His bowling is showing plenty of promise, and he has a good chance of being included in the Ashes touring party.

England are currently developing a good pool of seam bowlers for all formats of the game.

As well as Broad and Anderson, they still have Steven Finn to come back to the test side, Ryan Sidebottom is still a good limited overs bowler and he hasn’t even played for England since the World T20.

With Shahzad backing them up, and if they can get Graham Onions fit again, the selectors know competition for places will be competitive.

Which brings me to Jimmy Anderson. Why, in a game that England needed to win to avoid an embarrassing defeat, would you rest or rotate one of your (so called) best bolwers?

He has taken a good hammering in the previous two ODI’s with Bangladesh, he also didn’t have a brilliant series against Australia with his wickets coming at 38.42.

Ironically, today was probably the day most suited to his bowling, dark clouds overhead and a pitch with a tinge of green on top.

But if he is dropped then just say so, never mind this pussy footing around, claiming he is being rested or rotated.

It’s starting to look to me that Anderson’s place in the side is not as assured as it once was, he was also left out of the World T20 team earlier this year. There is also going to come a time soon when England might not want (or need) to carry a bowler who can only perform in certain conditions.

Now that we have a few more emerging talents, Anderson might find he needs to add a bit more craft and guile to his bowling, and more importantly, cut out all the 4 balls.