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High time resilient Rory doesn’t burn down his chances and reputation
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"There are no bruises left, not that I’ve seen” - Rory Burns.This is quite deep and gives an impression to have come straight out of a poet/philosopher's best of creative days. But, in essence, it pretty much symbolizes the brand of cricket Rory Burns has played over the years. Tough, full of grit, ample of resilience, resistance and self-denial. Just like in cinema there are different genres of heroes that evoke varied emotions, cricket also has different sets of artists that exist to elevate our life experiences and touch us with their unique blend.Cricket romanticizes not just a contest between bat and ball, but it’s also a vehicle to see a bigger picture in life. There lie hidden gems of parallels in small details. For Burns, he romanticizes struggle. He's not the most gifted. His stance, technique and idiosyncrasies surely ain't winning any aesthetics competition. But when he's getting hit by Pat Cummins on the same spot twice and still gutting it out, playing the patience battle, and weathering a gutsy and world-class Aussie bowling attack, he shows heart. This is Ashes. It's akin to a war going in the name of innocuous cricket. But Burns with his weird stance and battle-hardened mind is fighting. Standing on two feet, giving every inch of what he has got. The technique might be befuddling not the fight. And it connects. It gives us goosebumps. Hope. He's a character. Earning plaudits. Those who have followed English cricket from close quarters and are well versed with the country's history rate his toughness in the elite category of Ken Barrington, John Edrich and Graham Thorpe. This toughness and doggedness were central when he led Surrey to their first-ever County Championship triumph in 2018 after a gap of 16 long years. Or the reason that he was able to score runs persistently despite the tricky English tracks. The southpaw was successful in crossing 1,000 FC runs for five successive seasons between 2014-18 for his county. Or his many gritty knocks thus far in the career be it, the Edgbaston 133, Pallekele's 59 and 43, Bridgetown's 84, Hamilton's 101, Manchester's 81 or Centurion's 84. But just as these virtues of defiance, toughness evoke the human spirit and draw us closer to characters like Burns, there are certain frustrations that also creep in. Contrast is thrilling at times, and daredevilry more so, but only when it comes off. And this is the part of Burns that gives heartaches. Fast forward to the first session of the first Test between India and England. Burns is again back to his tough old school self. He has gone unscathed after the Bumrah-Ishant opening burst with his compact defense, precise off-stump judgement, and unflappable temperament. He's showing decisive footwork against spinners. He has already combined in a fifty-run-stand with Sibley, a feat that no other visiting opening pair has achieved since 2017 in India. It's a flat wicket and a chance to make it big and shine for Burns. To cash in on flat tracks after all the struggles that he has to put on tricky English surfaces. A chance to up his average. A chance to add to his centuries tally. But his tendency of gift wrapping wicket after a spell of perseverance is starting to creep up again. He's playing a fine sweep exposing his stumps. He's playing slog sweeps. Suddenly, the memories of the 2019 Oval Ashes Test have started resurface. Burns is quite a regular in not reaping the rewards for his hard work. The Oval Test. First innings, after getting well set, making 47 off 87 putting in the hard yards, a late and strange decision to pull gets him dismissed. In the second innings of the same Test, he weathers the storm in the first 15 overs and then gives his wicket on 20 to drag down from Lyon. Similarly, last year, Southampton Test, West Indies the opponent and it's the second innings. After getting well set on 42 off 104 seeing off 36 overs, he gifts wrap his wicket to Roston Chase's half-tracker. He has been guilty of playing aerial shots or the ones he shouldn't be playing unnecessarily. Getting back to the Chennai Test, after seeing off the tough phase, getting well-set, Burns who's more known for coming down the track to play spinners or employing conventional sweep tries to reverse-sweep R Ashwin in the first session of the first day of a Test. Now, such audacity would have been understandable if he was a good proponent of reverse-sweeps or it was his go-to-shot but as per CricViz, it was only the eighth reverse sweep Rory Burns had played in his Test career. No wonder he got out in a forgettable manner. He was in full control. Only 6% of his shots were bringing a miss or an edge – the average for all Test cricket is 15%, let alone the new ball period. He threw it away yet again. Period.Burns has played a substantial amount of cricket. In what is his 22nd Test, and after 39 innings, his average is 32.46, which is quite a fall from his FC average of 42.18. His biggest problem has been his inability to capitalize after seeing through the testing times, which is a little bizarre. Eight times he has made scores between 25 and 50 while only twice he has been able to convert the fifties into hundreds out of 10 times. These are the things that separate good players from great ones. And for someone, who's touted as a potential option to replace Root as England captain, there's even a greater need to push on in big tours like India where your mettle is tested to the core.There's no denying the fact that Burns has been a revelation after his initial struggles and has already shown that since Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook, Burns is the best possible option to open in a country, which struggled for openers in the last decade. But it's about maximizing his potential, given he has everything in him to be one of the best opening batsmen in the world only if he doesn't burn down his chances like in Chennai, Oval or Southampton. Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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The proof that Leeds’ Patrick Bamford should be in the England squad
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Patrick Bamford has shocked the nation with his impressive displays for Leeds United in the Premier League this season. His scintillating form throughout the current campaign has left many calling for the 27-year-old to be handed his first senior England call-up, and it's easy to understand why.Being ‘first reserve’ is never an accolade that elite-level footballers aspire to achieve. It was enough to force Jamie Vardy into an early international retirement, but with Harry Kane’s latest injury setback, it could be one of the most important positions in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming European Championship.There were many doubts over the former Chelsea man’s ability to make the step up to the top flight, even before the 2019/20 season had drawn to a conclusion. A LeedsLive article published back in March read: “Unless Marcelo Bielsa can find a striker, the Whites' return to the top-flight risks being short-lived…Patrick Bamford might have scored 13 league goals this season, but he has missed many more chances than he has converted, while his link-play is far short of the required level.”Eleven goals and six assists after 21 games would suggest otherwise. However, it is easy to understand where the concern stemmed from. Bamford ended last season with 16 goals, meaning he was behind the likes of Karlan Grant and Nahki Wells in the Championship goalscoring charts - two players who have found life in the top division too much to handle. It was the largest haul he had managed since 2014/15, and in his previous Premier League endeavours, on loan at Crystal Palace, Burnley and Middlesbrough, the Englishman managed a solitary goal in 27 outings.His consistently impressive performances have, therefore, been one of the most surprising aspects of an incredibly unpredictable campaign. Bamford is arguably playing in the most demanding position in the sport for the most demanding manager in the division. His job is not simply to put the ball in the back of the net, he is tasked with so much more than your average No.9. A striker under Marcelo Bielsa is charged with leading the press, and consequently, needs to be incredibly mobile. It is also essential that they are tactically astute. Bamford will often vacate the central area, either by drifting out wide, running into the channels, or dropping between the lines. There are several benefits to this, although the two most obvious advantages are what Leeds profit from the most. Midfielders and wingers will often arrive late in a move, filling the void that Bamford has created in the centre of the attacking third, either looking for a slipped through ball or playing a wall pass and latching onto a quick one-two in order to get in on goal. That is exactly what happens below. Here, Bamford has pulled out wide and is just about to receive a pass from Luke Ayling after the full-back has made one of his customary sprints forward down the right-hand side. That, in turn, allows Stuart Dallas to burst into the vacant space in the middle and look for a through ball by Bamford......the frontman duly obliges, and Dallas fires the pass into the far corner to level things up against Leicester. In the next instance, Bamford peels off his marker and intelligently drops between the defensive and midfield lines, offering his services to an onrushing Jack Harrison. The Manchester City loanee lends his teammate the ball before carrying on his run into the penalty area, hoping for a return pass that arrives perfectly weighted. Harrison then blasts the ball into the top corner and effectively seals a resounding victory for the Yorkshire side against West Brom. So Bamford's strengths are clear for all to see, but that doesn't automatically earn him a place on the plane this summer. Southgate will likely take three strikers to the European Championship - and bar any revival of an episode like Wayne Rooney's metatarsal - Kane will certainly be one of them. Some may point to Marcus Rashford as another, though, the Manchester United man hasn't been used as a starting striker for England since June 2019 in the semi-final defeat to the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League. He is, therefore, more likely to take up residence on the left-wing. That leaves the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Danny Ings, Callum Wilson, Tammy Abraham, Ollie Watkins and Bamford fighting it out for two spots. SmarterScout is a site that collects detailed data and analytics from players across the world and assigns a score between 0-99 to their attributes. How do each of the aforementioned players compare?As you can see - by hovering over the colour key - Bamford only shares 'receiving in the box' with Abraham, in which he scores higher, 'shooting' with Watkins, in which he is accredited the highest possible rating, and 'attacking output' with Calvert-Lewin and Watkins, who both score 74 compared to Bamford's 61. What the Leeds man offers, then, is something different, something unique and what he does bring to the table he is generally very good at. In the last three England games that Kane has been unavailable or left on the bench, against Wales, Belgium and the Republic of Ireland, Everton's Calvert-Lewin has been the man chosen to lead the line. His goalscoring prowess and ability to bring others into play deservedly earned him his first international caps in 2020 and he is probably the front runner in this particular race. But Bamford's game differs to that of his compatriot, and there is certainly room for both in Southgate's squad. Just looking at where the two receive their passes gives a clear indication of the contrast in styles. Bamford pass receive map 2020/21 Calvert-Lewin pass receive map 2020/21While it is common for the Toffees forward to pick up the ball in all areas of the pitch, thanks to his all-action style, Bamford's work is much more concentrated. With the abundance of attacking midfielders and forwards at England's disposal, surely the appeal of a player whose link-up play has excelled this season will be enticing to those making the decisions over the summer. In truth, nobody would envy the call Southgate has to make in just a few weeks. All of the strikers previously mentioned have their strengths and weaknesses and unique elements. But the fact Bamford has even managed to propel his name into the same bracket deserves credit in itself. Ultimately though, a No.9 will be judged on their goals, and unlike in Leeds' promotion-winning campaign, Bamford has had no trouble in finding the back of the net. Premier League" aria-label="chart" id="datawrapper-chart-iYJsD" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/iYJsD/1/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="400"He's an agile, unselfish, intelligent, creative goalscorer. Not a bad set of attributes to have when six doesn't go into two and you have to stand out from the crowd. Bamford is having the best season of his career, and he couldn't have timed it any better. .
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