Shane Warne disappointed at England playing for a draw on the final day of 1st test v NZ
England’s strategy on the final day of the test to bat time after being set a gettable target by New Zealand has drawn a fair about of criticism on social media which also includes few past cricketers.
Shane Warne is the biggest name in that list as he took to his Twitter handle to express his disappointment at England’s slow batting on the last day.
Shane Warne disappointed at England playing for a draw on the final day of 1st test v NZ. Warne said: “Disappointed at the negative approach from England yesterday as they never even contemplated chasing down a very getable total. A huge opportunity missed on how to chase on the 5th day, plus exciting for spectators, viewers & test cricket,”
With the 3rd day of the test completely washed out. New Zealand effected a sporting declaration on the 5th day at lunchtime at 169/6 leading England by 272 runs. Thus England was set a target of 273 to win in 4 hours equivalent to two sessions with around 70 overs at their disposal.
However, there appeared to be no urgency amongst England openers Burns and Sibley. As they were just focused on blunting the impressive New Zealand attack. Later Root also played in defensive mold.
Root later defended his team’s approach, saying that the pitch had become slower. It was difficult to force the pace on such a pitch against a high-quality New Zealand attack.
“It was not as simple as it looked ” Root said .