As mentioned above, Jimmy missing after four overs, plus Olly Stone and Mark Wood unavailable due to injury was a huge factor. Also for the best part of the series our batsmen got starts - but did not kick on.
10:05, Mon 9 Sep
Sibley has had half a season of doing well and Pope has been out for a good part of this one. There is a case for Foakes. Curran’s bowling isn’t good enough at the highest level. Funnily enough he’s in some ways the epitome of the one day player that is being blamed for our problems - it might change but if he’s playing as an all rounder then we have a problem with our bowling with Stokes becoming third seamer on a regular basis. There is a case for Foakes.

I wish people would stop bringing this football mentality to cricket and all the jobs for the boys stuff.

The calls to me seem to be tell Bairstow he has to bat higher and Buttler at 7. If Buttler doesn’t come up with goods he has to be dropped, though there is a massive talent in there and we should be getting it out of him. Funnily enough our bowling is a bigger problem for this last test. Leach was knocked around, Overton isn’t good enough (the main argument for bringing Sam Curran in instead) and Stokes is an injury doubt.
10:09, Mon 9 Sep
And batting at 4....

That batting line up is worse than we have now. I thought we batted decently in this test. Cummins bowled like an all time great.
10:21, Mon 9 Sep
Sibley has performed at a better standard, and a higher level than Labuschagne and he's been a key figure for them since coming in.

I agree we shouldn't be making wholesale changes, but playing players who have performed at county and not white ball specialists seems a no brainer going forward.
10:31, Mon 9 Sep
Why couldn't the Weather have been like this yesterday?😡😡😡😡
mad
10:33, Mon 9 Sep
The Devlin Disguise
Not sure Moeen is captain material either...

Captains Worcester
Has captained England before
Doesn't get fazed, seems unflappable
Aussies have one over him sure but they also gave one over Root
Bat him further down the order perhaps unless we play two spinners
I don't think it'll happen but I think he deserves a recall to the side
10:38, Mon 9 Sep
mad
I'm not sure he would cope with the demands of being a Test captain. I'd bring him back for the overseas tours. Like to see Foakes for Bairstow and Sibley for Roy with Stokes at three - especially if he can't bowl), Root four, Denly five, Buttler six for this weeks Test.

Whilst acknowledging Buttler has disappointed this series his Test average since his return is apparently higher than Root's.
10:44, Mon 9 Sep
Root 100% needs to move back to 4. Ridiculous moving your best batsmen out of his spot.
mad
10:45, Mon 9 Sep
Underestimated how much we missed Woakes too. I know the fielding was atrocious but they'd not have got over 400 first digs had Woakes been fully fit. He'd have been at them consistently the way Cummings was at us
10:45, Mon 9 Sep
mad
mad
The Devlin Disguise
Not sure Moeen is captain material either...

Captains Worcester
Has captained England before
Doesn't get fazed, seems unflappable
Aussies have one over him sure but they also gave one over Root
Bat him further down the order perhaps unless we play two spinners
I don't think it'll happen but I think he deserves a recall to the side

Yeah, maybe worth a recall - not sure it's worth it for this next test. My sense was that he really lacked confidence recently - would need an arm around him, rather than the one putting the arm around others as you'd expect a captain to do.
10:46, Mon 9 Sep
mad
our batting has been woeful for a few years now.

that shot of buttler in englands first innings just after we had avoided the follow on was a joke.

9 wickets down with leach at the other end who has proved he can hang around. take some time out of the game. 30 minutes/45 minutes anything and what did buttler do? out bowled to cummins swiping across the line.

that extra 30 minutes might have made all the difference last night with the light fading.

foakes in for bairstow at the oval for starters.
"supporters should be patient a little while longer - sunshine days are just around the corner."
Ken Wheldon - March 18th 1988
10:47, Mon 9 Sep
This year. That was part of the plan to get him ready if needed. The remarkable thing is that Labuschagne wasn’t in the team from the off. He’s been around for quite a while longer than Sibley.

I think Sibley is a great prospect, he came to Warwickshire to do exactly what he is doing now, to get a chance to develop, despite Alex Stewart’s moans. I think he has a real chance of becoming one of the openers we want (and I think with Burns could be good for some time...), but no need to rush it.
10:48, Mon 9 Sep
I can see why he was asked /chose to do it yet if it was working for the team with him at four then leave him there.

Smith bats at four for Australia, in the modern game batting 4 is the old three.
mad
10:48, Mon 9 Sep
The Devlin Disguise
My sense was that he really lacked confidence recently - would need an arm around him, rather than the one putting the arm around others as you'd expect a captain to do.

I don't get that at all from Moeens body language. He looks super chilled to me whether he gets a hundred or is out for nought. Calmness might be good for England after the frenetic summer we've had
10:49, Mon 9 Sep
Denly instead of Bairstow????