Looking through the English media on the Internet, it's amazing the
over-reaction they have when England have a particularly good or bad day.
The Guardian (www.cricketunlimited.com), while filled with good articles,
seems to suffer from this to a certain extent.
On one hand, there has been heavy criticism of the quality of the resistance
Zimbabwe has put up yet the press have predictably gone over-the-top in
their praise of the side. After Ramprakash and Atherton made their century
stand, vague comparisons were made between them and Luckhurst and Edrich.
Now that England have had a bad day, the usual negativity and depression has
come out again with calls for Schofield and Giddins (MOM in last tests) to
be given the flick before England plays the Windies in a few weeks time.
To me this is systematic of the problems with the English media. After they
won the test at Lord's, it was said that Hussain and Fletcher were forming
of team of significant credibility; now , after one poor day there are calls
to drop two and possibly more members of the team. This is an obvious case
of short-sightedness and knee-jerk reactions at results that are perceived
in the short-term when the proper way to look at them is in the long-term
which would be to England's benefit. It seems that the English selectors,
with some of their recent efforts at the selection table, share this same