I was one of the few that attended Headingley on the final day of the Test match against South Africa in the hope of witnessing a rare England victory. I am one of those people that Martin Johnson feels sorry for, not because I was there but because I believed, mistakenly, that England can be a force again in world cricket.
However, I now feel that this is a bridge too far if cricket correspondents and the England captain are comforted by Hick's performance (I use Hick's performance as an example and not as a scapegoat). How can a slow scoring rate by Hick on Sunday have been 'exactly what we wanted in the circumstances'?
This match could have been won by a more positive approach from Hick on Sunday evening, giving England more time to bowl the opposition out. South Africa, along with most other major cricket-playing nations, are not a team to be bowled out in two sessions - England are. We, the paying public, expect more both from the players and the press. This was a spineless performance by England - and the Independent cricket correspondents.
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