Damien Fleming unimpressed with England's implausible batting

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 10, 2017

Joe Root's side recently retained the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy with an emphatic 3-1 win over South Africa but a number of batters failed to impress during the series. Talking about individual batsmen, Fleming started with Keaton Jennings, who averaged 15 vs South Africa.

Speaking to RSN Radio, Fleming said, "England needs three (more) decent batsmen in their top six. Watching the South African series, they're some of the worst batsmen I've ever seen play Test cricket".

'Jennings averaged 15 - I used to bat at number nine in Test matches and I would have been happy with that. But he's opening the batting.

"I don't like his technique, (with that) closed grip, he's going to nick people that can angle the ball across him and for bowlers that can actually get the ball to shape back in, that gap between bat and front pad (is exposed)". Former Australian fast bowler Damien Fleming has come out in the open and taken his stand against England's current crop of batsmen.

"Westley has a similar technique". He's going to nick off or get in trouble with the ball that comes in.

"Where are 80 percent of the deliveries going to be to Jennings and Westley? They don't have a technique to cope with that", Fleming retorted. "Young Malan, 35 runs at an average of eight. there are real opportunities for Australia to run through the top order", he concluded. While the context of the main battle was England's attempt to establish a series-winning position, the skirmishes within concentrated on the personnel at the top of the order, and their efforts to stay in the team for what will, presumably, be a slightly easier task in the second half of the summer.

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