The Cricket Debate podcast: Why did England choose to bat first against Pakistan at Lord’s?

The first day of the international summer did not go to plan for England as they were bowled out for just 184 by Pakistan at Lord’s.


Joining Charles Colvile and Bob Willis to discuss another England batting collapse and Joe Root’s questionable decision to bat first after winning the toss is Middlesex director of cricket and England selector Angus Fraser.

England vs Pakistan

May 25, 2018, 10:30am

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After all the optimism and hope of a new era for English cricket under new chief selector Ed Smith, the home side were given a swift reality check as Pakistan’s bowlers exposed the frailties of the England top-order and then blew away the tail, in a manner that brought memories of the winter’s Ashes defeat screaming back.

Unsurprisingly, Bob is not shy in letting his feelings on England’s batting be known and he also expresses his astonishment that England opted not to bowl first on a green surface in overcast conditions, although Angus defends Root’s decision.

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May 25, 2018, 7:00pm

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Watch day two of the first Test between England and Pakistan from 10.30am, Friday on Sky Sports Cricket with The Cricket Debate to follow at 7pm.