Graham Thorpe has requested England’s batters to save the Sydney Test and show that they have absorbed the learnings of a tough campaign, as he backed the team’s wounded players like Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes to do everything they can to be ready for what might happen to be their last appearances of this tough tour.
England came close once in the three concluded tests, after Buttler’s grity 26 from 207 balls was unable to carry England to safety on the final day at Adelaide. It is uncertain whether he’ll be capable of performing to that level again after bruising his hand while keeping on the second day, but Thorpe was hopeful that the commitment he showed in that innings would inspire his team-mates to rise to the moment.
However, with 98 overs scheduled on the final day, Thorpe reckons that England will need to improve their decision-making if they are to avoid being thrashed to their fourth defeat of the series. He pinpointed England’s captain, Joe Root, as an example of a player who could have done better in the first innings, after edging to slip for a duck during England’s collapse on the third morning.