Blogs & Opinion


David Lloyd:

Most Popular Posts:

Opinion Archive:

Bumble: England need to come through next two Tests 'unscathed'

David Lloyd - David Lloyd Posted 1st December 2013 view comments

G'day folks!

I absolutely adore Adelaide - it's my type of place. It's ultra clean with parklands and a lovely river running through, great architecture.

I know my way around, I know the pubs, I know the restaurants and you can go walkabout here and I find it very interesting. It's not a huge place. There's wineries if you want them but I don't do all that sort of stuff. I'll drink it but I'm not bothered how they make it!

David Lloyd relaxing in his favourite Adelaide pub

David Lloyd relaxing in his favourite Adelaide pub

I'm very comfortable in Adelaide. I'm a creature of habit and if I know where I'm going I'm fine and I know where I'm going here.

Looking ahead to the Adelaide Test and England have plenty to consider. Personally, I'd have Ian Bell at three and Joe Root at five with Jonny Bairstow at six. But you could argue that if Root is the designated opener for years to come then three isn't a bad place to be.

That would leave an engine room of Kevin Pietersen and Bell at four and five with the youngster Bairstow coming in behind.

Bravado

They could go radical and play Monty Panesar as a second spinner with Ben Stokes at six and the third seamer but that would be very radical and not the England way.

There is also a case for Tim Bresnan. He would come in as third seamer and then they'd just need one batter who I presume would be Bairstow but you just don't know.

It'll be a flat pitch and very hot. In this series there has been a lot of bravado from the fast bowlers bowling bouncers, well why not play two spinners? What would Australia make of that? But two spinners means you have to make a lot of runs to bring them into play. The last Test match at Brisbane, 136 all out, Graeme Swann's out of the game.

From an England perspective I'd say hang on in these next two Test matches and then nick one of the last two. It's a stupid thing to say because you go into every Test match wanting to win but if they come out of these next two Tests with two draws then they build up a bit of momentum.

I played Royal Adelaide this week for the Ashes golf event and it's a super golf course. I've played it lots and I've got some good friends there who are members. I played against a lad off 18 who dropped eight shots all round so I may as well have just picked my ball up and walked round. I'm giving him eight shots which is ridiculous!

The lovely part about the last game is that I played a guy playing off 18 but their team manager four holes in decided that he was moving his handicap up to 24! I won on the 17th. It promoted a damn good game but I've never heard of anyone changing their handicap halfway through the round.

It's been good to see the new Adelaide Oval. The redevelopment will polarise people. It'll either be great or be rubbish but it is a wonderful cricket ground.

I'm hoping this isn't my last blog - I'm shark diving on Monday!

My very good friend Count Arthur Strong has written a book, well it's his memoirs really, and it's titled 'Through it all, I've always laughed'. Well I've been in touch with Arthur and one thing he's adept at is thinking things through and one thing we haven't done is thought this through at all!

To put one of your senior commentators in a cage and throw food for 20ft sharks is not my idea of fun. The powers that be at Sky say it will be great TV. I've tried to get in touch with Karl Pilkington to see how he adapts to this sort of thing. Someone thinks it will be wonderful fun but clearly it isn't! I'm waiting to hear back from the great man from Manchester, or is it Salford?

On Stanley, On.

back to top

Other Cricket Experts:

Latest Posts in Cricket:

Latest News RSS feeds

Clarke to miss Pakistan series

Australia captain Michael Clarke will miss the one-day series against Pakistan because of a hamstring injury.

Afridi named T20 captain

Veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been appointed as the captain of Pakistan's Twenty20 side.

Warwickshire appoint Chopra

Varun Chopra hasbeen named as Jim Troughton's replacement as Warwickshire captain.

Smith commits to Hampshire

All-rounder Will Smith has signed a new two-year contract extension to remain at Hampshire.

Australia create spin wicket

Australia have built a concrete-based artificial 'slow track' to train batsmen to deal with pitches of the subcontinent.

Features

Sky Sports reviews the week in sport with the best and worst performances

Sky Sports reviews the week in sport with the best and worst performances

Some big prizes were handed out this week but, as always, for every gloating winner there are a number of losers counting their losses.

Yorkshire can dominate

Yorkshire can dominate

Yorkshire could dominate four-day cricket for years to come after winning their first County Championship title since 2001, says Dominic Cork.

Sportswomen Podcast: England cricketer Heather Knight on the show

Sportswomen Podcast: England cricketer Heather Knight on the show

Listen to this week's edition of Sky Sports News HQ's Sportswomen show with guest Heather Knight as a podcast.