Attacking the stumps, therefore, was virtually a waste of time.“A lot of the best batsmen in the world just don’t miss straight balls,” Broad said. So it’s the outside edge that’s his biggest threat.And if we continue to get the sort of cricket we have watched over the last few days, who cracks first?
Audiences are good at figuring out which elements of a work are on which side of the Fourth Wall.
No explanation is necessary for why our hero can hear a ringing telephone but not the movie's soundtrack, or why the space ship is menaced by the Negative Space Wedgie, but not by the opening credits drifting by outside the ship: it's something we accept as part of our Willing Suspension of Disbelief.
The press conference was almost over, and Steve Smith had played most of it the same way he had just played England’s bowlers for eight and a half hours: delivery after delivery left outside the off stump.
He was looking forward to getting back to the Australian dressing room and maybe treating himself to a nice, relaxing ice bath. And as it turned out, the question was about England’s tactics. Steve Smith will always bite on a question about England’s tactics.
Cut to film: they appear, hesitate, and go back inside.
Cut to studio: they run to Sir William in the centre of the room..
Root, in co-ordination with bowling coach Shane Bond and senior bowlers like Broad, has been busily assembling England’s bowling plans over the last few weeks.
Together they studied every single one of Smith’s dismissals in Australia over the last four years, and noticed that for a player who loves to shuffle across his stumps, he hardly ever gets LBW or bowled.
At times there were six men on the leg-side, three in the deep, with no fielder in front of square on the off-side.
“Boundaries were quite hard to come by, so it was just trying to get off strike,” he said. If we can restrict them from scoring a lot of boundaries, then we’ll have periods of taking wickets.
Only dramatically he's gone down to the basement, you see.