Andrew Strauss still needs a bit of work to do, feels Geoffrey Boycott – Cricket News Update
Former Test cricketer, Geoffrey Boycott, believes that England’s Test captain, Andrew Strauss, still needs to work on his technique despite his superb hundred against West Indies at Lord’s.
Strauss has been out of form in recent times and averaged below 30 runs per innings in 2011, which is way below par for a player of his caliber. The English captain has been under immense criticism by different ranks and some of the analysts have been calling
for his axing.
The left-hander struggled in the current year as well during the series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, the left-hander scored a brilliant century in the Lord’s Test and made 122 runs of 258 balls, in which he struck 19 boundaries and helped his
team take a substantial lead of 155 runs in the first innings of the match.
Boycott knows that Strauss has answered his critics in style and has justified his place in the Test team but feels that the 35-year-old cricketer needs to enhance his ability to cope with the short ball as he is struggling with his technique at the moment.
"Everyone is going to be happy that the captain made runs. When he reached his hundred you could see the relief and delight in Andrew's face. Although he played nice and straight, when the ball is short he still has a problem. He doesn't use his feet. He
doesn't move his back foot back and across; he just jumps in the air," Boycott feels.
South Africa is scheduled to visit England in July and it has the best fast bowling attack of the world in the presence of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. Boycott is of the opinion that the Proteas will look to attack the left-handed opener with shot balls.
"The century will have given him some confidence, but he needs to work on that because he will definitely face plenty of short balls when South Africa come along (for three Tests) later this summer," he added.
The series between England and South Africa is a mouth-watering prospect as it will decide the number one ranked Test team of the world.