This is remarkable batting by Stokes.
He could have had a couple of wickets! He didn’t bowl well but he does have the happy knack of getting wickets with bad deliveries.Couple of overs or couple of wickets?? 😉
I just don’t get why the selectors seem to like Topley - bowls low 80s, can’t bat, and not even young enough to be considered a long term investment. At least Sam Curran has a few strings to his bow and is young with significant potential upside in terms of his batting.Finally we drop Tom Curran and Reece Topley decides to take up the slack! The difference between Wood (and Archer when he plays) and the Currans/Topley is so pronounced to be worrying, Wood gets hit for a boundary and he adjusts his line, his angle and his pace. Topley and Curran carry on with the same deliveries.
Looks a belting pitch, any width at all is going to the boundary. Parky has possibly dodged a bullet today.
I think the fact he's taken a couple of wickets will gloss over just how bad Rashid has been today. I assume he was given his full allocation out of desperation more than anything. It's been poor all round from the bowling attack but feels like that could be said in every game. How we miss Woakes and Archer!He could have had a couple of wickets! He didn’t bowl well but he does have the happy knack of getting wickets with bad deliveries.
Moeen has bowled very well, Rashid has bowled an unusually high amount of bad deliveries but also real corkers. The less said about Topley and Curran (thus far) the better, I’m still struggling to work out what Mahmood did wrong in ODIs - 5 wickets, strike rate of 39 and economy 4.75 in 4 matches.