After getting bowled out for less than one fifty thrice in a row, there was a willingness from the Sri Lankan batsmen to approach the batting differently in the second innings of the second test match against England.
Some of the selections by England towards the end of the ODI series against Australia, which they lost 2-3, were quite weird.
They left their in-form players out of the playing XI in the crucial games.
Steven Finn did not feature at Leeds in the 4th game and was replaced by Mark Wood and then, in the game after that, which was the decider, it’s Liam Plunkett who had to make way for the uncapped Reece Topley.
Alastair Cook has seen a lot of ups and downs as a batsman and as a captain in test match Cricket in the last one year or so.
He was on the verge of losing his captaincy when England lost the Lord’s test against India.
His test career was also hanging by a thread as he had not been making contributions to justify his place in the team as an opener.
But, then, some good knocks followed. England won a few games, lost a couple too, but, overall, he did well enough to be able to stay at the helm for another Ashes series.
A few people might be batting for Adil Rashid to be given an opportunity to make his test debut in Cardiff, but, England would perhaps be better off playing Moeen Ali.
The reason is that Australia would surely have both the Mitchells in the playing XI and both are left arm pacers.
So, bowling over the wicket, they would definitely be making the area outside the off stump of the right handers slightly weary and that would help the off spinners in the second innings.
James Tredwell finally got his opportunity in the longest form of the game too as he was able to break into the playing XI of England for the first test match against West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua.
Tredwell has always been seen as a specialist limited over bowler for some reason despite the fact that he has got the ability to bowl slow through the air and defeat the batsman with flight.
Normally, while picking a bowler for test match cricket, you see if he is skilful enough to force the batsmen to commit mistakes or he just bowls darts.
A few people reckon that Moeen Ali should not open the batting for England as he is vulnerable to moving balls and is not a good back foot player either.
But, the Worcestershire left hander gave a strong answer to those people with his knock against Scotland earlier today in Christchurch. He made a beautiful hundred and gave the Poms a huge start along with Ian Bell.
Not too many people would have been taken aback when the news flashed that Alastair Cook was removed as the captain of the England One Day International team.
But, there’s one guy who was surprised when being told that the Essex opening batsman was no longer in charge of England as far as 50-over cricket is concerned. It’s Luke Wright.
The all rounder could not quite believe his ears when he heard the big news.
Because of the World Cup being so near, Wright had not expected something like this.
Moeen Ali reckons that he and the other top order English players must throw caution to the wind and get prepared to risk their wickets in the initial phase of the innings.
England’s approach in the power play has been very different from the other teams in the recent times.
While, the other teams look to take advantage of fielding restrictions and get as many runs on the board as possible before the field gets spread, the Three Lions focus on building the innings and they have taken a lot of criticism for that.
Craig Kieswetter might be England’s back up wicketkeeper for the World Cup. He was pretty good behind the wicket for Somerset last season and with the bat too, he did enough to keep himself in contention for the showpiece tournament down under.
Kieswetter’s glove work had always been an issue during his first run with England. But, after having been left out, he seems to have got it sorted out and he is looking pretty efficient even while keeping against the spinners.
The fingers have started getting pointed towards Alastair Cook again, this time not on his captaincy, but, on his batting in One Day International Cricket.
Even before the start of the 2nd match against India, some of the former England players had said that Cook is not a player for 50-over format and the sooner he leaves that format, the better it would be for him as well for as England cricket and it seems that they were right in their opinions.