Let’s hear your views today on England’s travails thus far in the ODI series.
We won the first match via the means which make us an effective test side: classical new-ball bowling which took several early wickets and put too much pressure on the Sri Lankans. The other two games have been more typical one-dayers, and our age-old ODI failings have been as blatant as ever. With the bat, we just cannot effectively mix defence with attack: our batmen stay in their shells for too long, and when they try and force the pace, wickets fall freely. With the ball, we seem to have no way of containing the opposition.
We’ve played ODIs in this manner for as long as any of us can remember. There’s no obvious solution – and surely no tinkering with selection will make much difference. But for starters, as we suggested last week, we could do worse than move Bell up the order, where he can use the pace on the ball, and move a big-hitter into the middle order – someone who can use brute force to dictate proceedings when the spinners, or Malinga, are strangling the life out of us.