I reckon if England play Broad and Anderson together plus a bowler (at least one, possibly 2 instead of Leach) with a bit of heat they will knock the Kiwis over for a low scoring series.
Who knows the priority of playing Broad and Anderson together for this series though.
I think it may have had various causes to begin with, but now it's in the players heads that we often start poorly away from home.
It's probably causing many of the players to question their positioning and tactics during the quarter ("Am I pressuring up hard enough, do I run forward or back...
Brisbane scored from 55% of their inside 50s against us, so either a point or goal every second time they went in... which is pretty high.
West Coast a bit less at 49%
So yeah probably felt like nearly every time they went in...because it pretty much was
The gap in individual midfield quality can be overcome with different set ups and strategies at stoppages around the ground (e.g +1 behind the ball or send half-forwards up, clog the fall of the ball or try hold shape outside of the immediate contest) which are things we CAN be good at (looking...
Percentage quarter by quarter for this season:
We need to start well, which has been a bit of a weakness this season, I reckon Q4 would be a bit of game management by us when winning (that other teams are not doing).
WB bizarrely poor...
It might sound counter-intuitive given their midfield strength but I think we need to clog the game up as much as possible with stoppages to stop their run and carry with handball.
The more we can stop them flowing forward finding players outside the contest with handball in space to deliver...
Ladhams should help with the aerial battle around the ground (even if he drops the marks as per recent form) where we have a definite advantage over the Dogs.
Problem will be keeping the ball out of the Dogs hands and putting enough pressure on the ball carrier to make inside 50s easier to...
If the strategy is concede the tap and crowd the ground where the ball lands - Ladhams.
If the strategy is to compete in the ruck and mix it up a bit - Hayes.
I'd vote Hayes. Setting up to always lose the ruck can go wrong as soon as the dominant ruck realises and switches tactics (e.g Gawn...