“I never cast Sibley in this series. I know this sounds harsh, but he doesn’t play cricket the way I think you should. You have to be able to fight back, you have to be able to give something back to the bowler.” ; Watch the third test between England and India starting at 10am next Wednesday
Dom Sibley has been brought down by England after scoring just fifty in 15 innings.
Rob Key says the fallen Dom Sibley does not have the game for test cricket and hopes England’s batsmen will take the positive attitude of Captain Joe Root as they look against India.
The slow Sibley has been sent off the squad for Test 3 at Leeds starting next Wednesday after having managed just half a century in his last 15 innings.
England are 1-0 down in the five-game contest after capitulating to a 151-run loss on the fifth day of the second Test at Lord’s, as they were thrown for 120 in their second inning.
“I never cast Sibley in this series. I know this sounds harsh, but he doesn’t play cricket the way I think you should,” Key said after the Warwickshire hitter was left out of a 15-man team that includes to the retired Dawid Malan.
“You have to be able to counterattack, you have to be able to throw something at the pitcher. It’s not just about walking around and trying to dull the ball. His lead isn’t big enough.
“England have to reflect their captain, Root, and the way they play.
“It’s not easy to do as he’s one of the best players England has ever had, but you can’t just go out and block your way to beat this team from India. It’s not going to work.”
“You can’t just look to survive, you have to swing. That doesn’t mean putting in the effort, but it means having a chance and going head-to-head with this team from India. Then you might have a chance.”
Key expects Malan, who scored a hundred points in Perth and six half centuries in 15 tests between July 2017 and August 2018, to hit No. 3 at Headingley, with Haseeb Hameed raising partner Rory Burns at the top of the order. . .
Malan is the world’s top-ranked T20 international hitter, passing fifty 12 times in 30 innings in the format, including in his debut against South Africa in Cardiff in 2017.
Key’s partner Sky sports Expert Ebony Rainford-Brent said: “England need confidence, players who are going to come in and handle the pressure and intensity. Malan is someone who has handled the pressure since joining England’s T20 team.”
He scored 199 in his only first-class innings of the summer, so he’ll have a bit of confidence in the game’s longer format. To me, he is a match-winning cricketer.
“He had a shrewd suspicion that he could get on the side before the Ashes and he has his chance sooner than expected. He will be under pressure, but if he acts he could relive another part of his career.”
There were tensions on the field in the second test, apparently starting when Jasprit Bumrah delivered a series of balls to the body while throwing James Anderson on the third night.
England then targeted Bumrah with short deliveries on the fifth morning, though the Indian had the last laugh, sharing an 89-run position for the ninth wicket with Mohammed Shami as the tourists rallied from 209-8 to 298-8 before declare, and then skittling the hosts at 51.5 overs.
“India is coming out on this England team and it’s good to see it,” Key added. “People will say that you don’t want the kids to sled, but that Test was amazing with what was going on. It was a great theater.
“This is the best Indian team I have seen coming to England. Forget the fact that England is not where it was in test cricket that it was a few years ago. This is a proper Indian team.
“They have hitting, bowling. Kohli hasn’t hit the bat yet, but it gives them something as a captain that they haven’t had before.”
Watch the third round between England and India, at Emerald Headingley in Leeds, live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event starting at 10am. M. From Wednesday, August 25.