One phrase which caught my attention earlier today came from Jonathan Agnew on TMS when I heard him say that Andrew Strauss was out, caught by Tommy Cooper. I thought this summed up England’s day in the field, it was pure comedy.
I had noticed a Cooper in the Dutch line up, but I wasn’t aware of his name (or nickname) being Tommy or Tom. I’m pretty sure this was a slip of the tounge from Aggers, as the player is listed as Tom.
It couldn’t have been more appropiate though, as most of England’s bowling and fielding was an absolute joke.
What has happened to Jimmy Anderson? This was more like the Anderson of old, clueless when the conditions give him no assistance. He put in a similiar performance in the 6th ODI against Australia, where he took 1/91 off his 10 overs.
I’m not going to criticise him as he has had an unforgiving workload and has been unbelievable for England lately, but he sounded and – from the highlights I seen – looked totally shot.
The fielding was just as bad. Anderson also played his part in that, although he was far from the only one.
Collingwood was asleep in the field too, standing outside the ring when Broad clean bowled Borren towards the end, causing it too be no-balled. Then according to TMS, Broad did the exact same thing himself in the next over but it wasn’t picked up by the umpires. He had obviously learnt from what happened!
The catches dropped were also laughable. The Anderson/KP stand off has to be seen to be believed. Swann also dropped a dolly off Anderson, it was that bad I half think he did it deliberately just to let Anderson know how it felt.
All the departments in which I talked England up in yesterday had a mare. Congratulations have to go to Ryan ten Doeschate and the Dutch team though, ten Doeschate deserved better with the innings he played. Ultimately their bowling wasn’t good enough, but they had a real good go and can be proud of their efforts.
Today’s shambles has seen England lengthen in the betting, they are now out to a best price of 9/1 with Bet365 to win the tournament, I’d want 90/1 on that showing!