Outgunned and outsmarted the day we lost our No.1 crown

Now is the ideal time to coarseness those teeth and utter the words no British chap needs to hear: ‘all around good South Africa, you played the better cricket and had the right to win’. I don’t sincerely figure we can grumble. The XI we chose was seen as caring about. However, basically it was a noteworthy loss. The last two test matches have been even illicit relationships – and because of Matt Earlier, who has put our best self forward batsman (and was properly named Britain’s ‘man of the series’ by Gary Kirsten) the outcome was in uncertainty until the end.

The greater part of our XI can hold their heads high

Trott played well. Bairstow showed his commitment once more. Indeed, even Wide and Swann got a few runs in this match. Sadly be that as it may, the captain has had an outright stinker in this series. What is it about Britain commanders and playing South Africa at home? Graeme Smith has seen off ‘what’s his name’ (was it Nasser something?) made Michael Vaughan cry, and presently he’s put Andrew Strauss’ residency in risk. Might this destroy the street for Kevin Petersen’s at any point’s closest companion? I’m starting to figure it very well may be. At any rate, our captain has a few serious inquiries to pose to himself.

The issue for Strauss is that we visit India this colder time of year. He’s a famously terrible player of twist. Could Britain be best served by continuing on? In spite of the fact that Strauss scored two hundreds against the Windies prior in the late spring (an accomplishment matched by Ravi Bopara in the past recall), age is by all accounts finding him. By and large, his structure has been poor since the Cinders in 2009. He took a gander adrift in this series – and his vocation normal could before long plunge under 40.

The stressing sign is that Strauss has missed a ton of straight conveyances as of late

That is precisely exact thing happened to Vaughan. Subsequent to functioning as hard as could be expected in the nets, Vaughan arrived at the resolution that his eye was just 95% as great as it used to be – and tragically that 5% has a significant effect at the high level. Vaughan knew precisely when to go. I expect Strauss’ purpose that he can be straightforward with himself as well. On the off chance that Britain win the ODI series half-cook’s administration, is there actually any direct in returning toward Strauss?

On the off chance that Britain’s objective is basically to beat Australia the following summer, there is a decent contention for keeping Strauss. He has, all things considered, got the wood over the hapless Aussies. In any case, if Britain need to be world number one once more – and that implies beating South Africa in 2015 – it will be pragmatic and reasonable to continue on. It will be fascinating to see what Britain’s needs are. I guess we’ll simply need to watch this space.

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