Wonderful Woakes, delightful Dina, miserable McIlroy
England could well hammer India 5-0 in this current Test series.
With one glaring exception, the Indian batsmen look clueless against the moving ball, a fact that magnifies the sheer pointlessness of the Test ranking system. Put these same players up against each other this winter in India and the result would be reversed. Home advantage has skewed results so badly no team has the right to be called the world’s best.
England have been outstanding again in English conditions. It doesn’t mean for one minute we are going to succeed in Sri Lanka in our next series. Nor for that matter are we guaranteed to win in the West Indies which can now became a trial of spin, something we should fear.
HERO OF THE WEEK
While the nasty Ben Stokes affair was rumbling on, England needed to divert attention by a) winning well and b) finding an all-rounder to thrill the nation so well done Chris Woakes of Warwickshire. He destroyed India with bat and ball to earn a deserved man-of-the-match award in the second Test at Lord’s. A thoroughly nice chap as well apparently, the opposite of Stokes.
DINA WAS DELIGHTFUL
Dina Asher-Smith was a delight to watch at the European Championships. Talented and always smiling. Hopefully she can continue improving and challenge the top Americans for the spint titles at the top events.
MCILROY WAS MISERABLE
But what a miserable figure Rory McIlroy cut again at the USPGA Championships. The course was supposed to suit his style - all power, no guile - but he now looks less likely to win a Major than a 46 year-old with a bad back.
MURRAY TO MOUNT COMEBACK
It’s hard work watching Andy Murray lose to players he used to beat easily, but if anyone has the guts and desire to get back to the top it’s him.