England’s default modes a result of muddled thinking

I think it is time that Sky’s commentators and assorted cricket experts stopped treating us all like idiots. England have two default modes: totally negative or madly positive – and the second of these is seen as a good thing: at least Vaughan, or whoever, has come out there “with a positive attitude.” Never mind that 15 balls later, with four fours on the board to his name, he is out caught at extra cover.

Do these prats – I include particularly Nasser Hussain and (Slur) Ian Botham – really not know that the best way to bat is to mix attack with defence, to play each ball on its merits? Do England’s management, rapidly deteriorating in my estimation, not inculcate this into their players? So stop lauding our batsmen when they come out with “positivity” their only approach.


When England have played a Test when wickets have been thrown away needlessly, suddenly they go completely into their shells and stop playing shots at all: this has been evident twice in Tests against New Zealand this year – at home and abroad.

When the criticism is that they have failed by being too negative, they go to the other extreme, opting for a totally up and at em outlook which is equally flawed.

Is there no sense of the happy medium in this England set-up?

This swing of the pendulum from one match – even one innnings – to another is a pattern that is becoming increasingly irksome.

Message to England: get some mental fortitude, play a situation as it should be played and then we might have a more successful side.

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