They’ve been set to fail here mind. How much red ball cricket has most of the days played this summer? It’s been minimal. The T20 World Cup is the focus this year and it’s really showing. All of the young players coming through are short form specialists as well. Brook, Jacks, Clarke, Smeed, Banton and probably a couple more I’ve forgotten don’t play that much red ball. Clarke is the clear stand out, but he’s had behavioural concerns and seems to be black balled, which is a shame as he’s a real talent. Hameed has to come in I think next Test. Was surprised he didn’t open this Test.
EDIT: any why pick Curran if you are playing 7 batsmen? If you play with 4 seamers pick the 4 best seamers, not 3 and an all rounder.