At last, and not unexpectedly, we have some detached objectivity from Dewsburian. No-one cares more than the players about their loss of form, both individually and collectively.We appear to be a team in decline, in all aspects of the the game.
Siddy in his last year, and already feeling the strain. he asked to be left out for the current match as he felt unable to bowl 40 or more overs.
Brooks, Patto & Bresnan `s performances well down on last year, maybe age beginning to tell on them also.
Plunkett, Willey & Rashid hardly ever play for us now (four CC matches between them all season).
Apart from one exception, who will be missing from now until early September, we have no one reliable and playing up to their undoubted ability.
Bresnan`s dip in bowling form has also, unfortunately coincided with a dip in his batting, which means not as many runs from the middle order as in the last two or three years.
Does not appear to be as sharp as it used to be. Catches going down regularly, and the ground fielding has deteriorated alarmingly.
I am sure we will not go down, as Somerset & Warwickshire are far worse than us, but my pre-season prediction of 3rd or 4th is now looking wildly optimistic, and 5th or 6th more likely.
Why the decline. I will be interested in posters opinions.
New coach not up to the job?
No specialised bowling coach could account for the drop in our bowling performances. Last season we had the best seam attack in the country, we are a long way from that now.
I believe, we do need to give AG some time to get into the job, but a couple of "yorkies"at Essex seem to have got up to speed a lot quicker. Look at the progress they have made in a very short time. Division Two last year, possible Champions this year.
They are also hurt by the abuse occasionally shouted from the members' enclosures. They feel that the members, at least, should be more supportive in troubled times, not less so.
I recall that David Byas, when captain and then manager, referred to those who hurled insults from the anonymity of the crowd, as 'the hyenas of Headingley'.
I hope that on this forum, at least, we continue to offer support to players who have already given us much pleasure and no little success in recent times.