Andrew Strauss and Michael Atherton converse out on the artwork of opening the batting in Exams

Final Up to date: 26/07/20 1:25pm


Andrew Strauss and Michael Atherton together with Nasser Hussain, take us by the artwork of opening the batting

Andrew Strauss and Michael Atherton together with Nasser Hussain, take us by the artwork of opening the batting

Opening the batting has lengthy been one of many hardest jobs in cricket, however that is significantly been the case over the previous couple of years in England.

England’s lengthy, drawn out seek for successors to Andrew Strauss since his retirement in 2012 has been a lot documented, so we determined to get him, and one other opening nice, Michael Atherton, to speak by the challenges of the job.

Click on on the video above to look at as Strauss (7,037) and Atherton (7,728) – with a mixed 14,765 Take a look at runs between them – share their knowledge and provides their high tricks to aspiring openers.

Atherton believes opening the batting is without doubt one of the hardest jobs you are able to do in Take a look at cricket, saying: “The bowlers are recent and optimistic, the ball is new, the seam is proud – and that’s replicated each time you come to the crease.

“There’s by no means a time if you come out and the group is 200-2, with the opposition a bit of bit flat.

“They’re at all times on the offensive at first of an innings, extra catchers in than at another stage and, due to this fact, in case you make a mistake, that mistake is more likely to be pricey.”

For Strauss, it boils down to a few key issues: “The very first thing; you have to have the flexibility to maintain the nice ball out.

“In opposition to good seam and swing bowling, which means having the ability to play the ball late, underneath your eyes and in addition to be balanced on the level of launch – somebody with a heavy head, Jimmy Anderson would eat them for breakfast.

“Secondly, it is not a lot the photographs you play, it is the photographs you do not play – particularly within the first 10 or 15 overs. Which means no large drives on the up by further cowl, no straight-bat photographs by the offside off the again foot.

“Then the third factor, and possibly a very powerful, is you have to have abdomen for the battle. You do not see too many openers final an extended time period if they seem to be a bit flighty, they do not fancy the quick ball or do not relish the problem.

“When you assume that is one thing that must be endured – dealing with the most effective bowlers, at their freshest – then I do not assume you will have the fitting mindset to be a long-term opener.”

In addition to the above, we hear Atherton’s recollections of his well-known duel with Allan Donald in 1998, 22 years to the day since their memorable battle.

Watch continued protection of the third #raisethebat Take a look at between England and the West Indies, dwell on Sky Sports activities Cricket.