THE MISFIRING ENGLISH TOP ORDER- THE REASON FOR ENGLAND’S FAILURE?

 With two matches completed in the India vs England test series, it seems as if England hasn’t been able to figure out their top-order batting, due to which England’s batting except for Joe root has failed miserably in this series. It has been more of a one-man show from Joe Root, rest of the batsmen haven’t yet contributed much. A major reason for this consistent failure of the whole English batting lineup is the poor top order.

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The top order of a batting lineup plays the most crucial role and the firing of the top order is extremely important especially in test cricket with the top order setting up the tone of the innings. A great start from the openers can release pressure from the rest of the batsmen which helps them to bring their best however a poor start from the openers not only results in the pressure building on their own batsmen but also provides a lot of confidence and momentum to the opposition bowling. This has been pretty evident in the England vs India series and is hurting England the most. On one side the Indian opening pair is in fiery form and has been setting the perfect platform for the Indian side to go big in the innings, the England top order on the other hand has been the complete opposite. Even after bringing about a change in the top order bringing Haseeb Hameed in place of Zak Crawley, they still haven’t been able to find a way to solve the issue since none of them have been able to fire. The consistent failure of the England top order has not only provided the momentum to India in the previous games but has also totally shifted the momentum of the series towards India with India taking the lead 1-0 after the second test match.

The scores of the England top order

1st TEST

2nd TEST

With the test series going forward, England needs to find a way to fix this problem. With England sticking with their current top order for quite a few matches now, it seems as if it’s time for them to bring a complete change in their top order by trying out new talents. That is exactly what the intention of the England side is and for the 3rd test match they have dropped Dom Sibley from the squad but have still kept Rory Burns and yet another chance stands for him thanks to the handy innings of 49 he played in 1st innings in the 2nd test match. However, there still stands a huge question mark on the England top order because of the lack of highly skilled or experienced top-order batting in this English side and England still needs to keep an eye on possible opening batsmen for the future.

Dawid Malan has been recalled to the side and seems like a viable option. With the new squad announcement the English might go with Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns as their openers and Dawid Malan at no.3 however this does not seem to be a great top order of any sort but one of these batsmen needs to stand tall and score big to give England a chance in this series otherwise it’s going to be all India in this whole test series

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