Neil Fairbrother: England’s aggressive style is paying dividends
Article posted: 09 June 2017
England’s new aggressive style of play over the last 18 months is paying massive dividends.
Having waited so long for the Champions Trophy 2017 to come to England and begin, the English weather has unfortunately come to the party.
The wickets that have been played on so far have been absolutely first class and, if the sun had been out and we’d have seen full games, I am sure the scores would have been absolutely massive at all three venues.
As it is, England are already through to the semis and are guaranteed to top the group and play their next game in Cardiff.
They have already played New Zealand in Cardiff and therefore will know all about the state of the wicket and the bowlers will be relishing the chance to play there again, having performed so well.
The three quick bowlers all hit great lengths and, with the wicket slowing up as the day went on, became very difficult to play. If the weather is good next Wednesday then winning the toss and batting first may well be big.
England’s new aggressive style of play over the last 18 months is paying massive dividends and scoring 300 is becoming the norm for them. Out of the top seven there is only Jason Roy who will have a question mark over his place in the side as we enter the crucial games of the tournament.
The selectors have done well to stick by him but, with Jonny Bairstow breathing down Roy’s neck, it will be interesting to see how much longer they will give him.
The other three spots are still wide open as far as the semis go and, like all good close competitions, as we approach the latter stages, it is still anyone’s game.