“With my height, I can afford to go a fraction fuller, especially out here with the extra bounce. I try to make guys commit to play off the front foot…and if it does swing or seam you have a chance of bringing the edge in,” Jamieson revealed his simple gameplan.
“It is a step in the right direction but there are so many parts to it that some teams playing five, some teams playing two, the difference in countries, there is just heaps of different parts to it that don’t quite make the points of equal measure,” said the Kiwi skipper.
“I tried to keep it simple the last few weeks. My role is to make them play and with that extra bounce bring them forward. There was a lot of assistance with pace and bounce and swing and seam. That simplifies was my gameplan to try to hit a good area. I stayed pretty relaxed […]
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After slumping to 57-4 in reply and falling way behind the required run rate it looked bleak for England but Jonny Bairstow and Billings shared a century stand for the fifth wicket to edge Eoin Morgan’s side back into contention.
Australia’s focus is on finding their best combination and move up the rankings. They are currently fifth in the ODI rankings and Finch attributed it to their inability to string together consistent performances as well as not being able to zero in on their “best XI”. “Our world ranking probably reflects the inconsistencies we’ve had […]
The hosts had resumed the day on 92 for four and Ollie Pope (62) looked relatively assured as he moved to his fifth Test half-century before 17-year-old Naseem Shah got a delivery to rise sharply off a length, catching the bat and providing a catch for Shadab Khan in the gully.
That brought Stokes to the arena and Abbas conjured something fitting of his illustrious opponent. Batting outside his crease and advancing, Stokes was foxed on the outside edge and paid with his off stump, bowled for a duck and briefly stunned at his own fate.
Williamson said it will be “a lot different” to facing Australian speedsters in their own den. New Zealand are still reeling from a 0-3 thrashing in their last away Test series in Australia where Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc made life miserable for the Black Caps batsmen.
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