Matt Prior highlights England's "unforced errors", disappointed with fielding

Matt Prior highlights England’s “unforced errors”, disappointed with fielding

England have suffered huge defeat again in the Australian soil, this time at Adelaide in a pink-ball contest. Despite Butler’s fightback on Day 5, the visitors were unable to save the test match. Cricket Experts around the globe have been critical of England’s display on the field, many suggesting that England are on their way to a 5-0 whitewash.

Matt Prior, England’s wicketkeeper on the victorious 2010-11 tour and Cook’s vice-captain during the 2013-14 whitewash, put forward England’s “unforced errors” as well as their decision-making, describing their fielding efforts in the field as “a huge negative”.

Bowling wrong lengths, dropping catches – many frustrating elements: Prior

“Before you even look at batting vs batting and bowling vs bowling on the two sides, it’s England’s unforced errors,” he said on BT Sport. “Dropping seven catches in two Test matches, that’s a huge negative and it’s one that can be trained and practised and shouldn’t happen at this level, quite frankly.

“Taking wickets with no-balls and the amount of no-balls being bowled by this England team – it’s those elements that will be as frustrating as not leaving as well as the Australians, or bowling a bit fuller, or everything else.

People talk about one-percenters, but taking catches? That’s a 20-percenter. England aren’t at a place where they’ve focusing on one percent here, one percent there – get your 20 percent right first and then you can go from there.

“But I agree with Alastair that some of the decisions that have been made so far in these two Test matches… I mean, talk about putting yourself behind the eight-ball before you’ve even got on the pitch. It’s been a real tough one.”

Steve Smith has many words of praise for Starc’s phenomenal bowling display

Meanwhile, winning captain Steve Smith was extremely delighted with his frontline bowler Starc’s efforts. Starc became the first bowler to tally 50 wickets in the day-night test matches. This performance of Starc comes after an abysmal T20 World Cup campaign for him personally. Though his individual performance on the campaign got neglected as his team ultimately clinched the Title.

“I think that’s the best I’ve seen him bowl in a while,” Smith said. “He summed up the conditions really well, he realised it wasn’t swinging and was just able to hit a really nice line and length and did it all game. Thought he bowled exceptionally well and led the attack.
“To have got [Root] out last night was huge for us; he was obviously in a fair amount of pain, but I won’t take anything away from how Starcy bowled either. He set him up really nicely, came round the wicket because he was leaving him pretty well.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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