Test cricket is not just about blocking
There was an assumption, having seen the pitch, that the game would be an easy draw but New Zealand have gouged out a victory. Well done to them, because they never thought that was a draw.
New Zealand didn't do anything spectacular at all. They bowled well, and they didn't panic in the second half of the second day when England had collapsed. From the position they were in, they should have got 450 on the board and instead, they got taught in a lesson on how to play Test cricket.
The game is not just about being patient and blocking it, it's about building an innings. You've got to be patient in the first 20 or 30 balls but then you've got to go on and dominate a bowling attack and take the initiative.
With all due respect, New Zealand are not as talented, batting-wise, as some of the England boys. But they ground England into the dirt. BJ Watling's way of batting will never dominate a game in the same that Steve Smith or Joe Root could. His method is to hang around for a long time and he did it beautifully. He showed the English batsmen how to do it.
Instead, our lads seem intent on just blocking and blocking and blocking without ever accelerating. The first 20 balls of your innings the bowler knows he's got the most chance of getting you out, so you accept that, you grind it out and you fight that battle with him.
The next 20 balls are a bit of a chess match. But the next 20 balls after that is where you have to get back on top of him. You put him in his place a bit and make him earn your wicket. They are all brilliant cricketers, but they just need to find a way to prove that.
Jofra abuser must be found
Jofra Archer was subjected to racist abuse as he walked off the pitch and tragically, I'm not totally surprised with what's going on in the world. There is racism all over the place, and barely hiding itself in a lot of places.
I'm disgusted by the fact that no-one has pointed him out at the ground because other people must have heard him. If New Zealand Cricket can't find out who it was, someone in the ground must know. At the time, someone should have told him that was bang out of order and made sure he was kicked out of the ground there and then.
Because the truth is that anyone who is thick enough and disgusting enough to be racist in this day and age doesn't deserve to be at a sporting ground or any part of society.
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