The English media do it again

The English media do it again

Post by Marco Trevisio » Tue, 06 Jun 2000 04:00:00


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.
Spare us.

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
short-sighted view.


 
 
 

The English media do it again

Post by Matthew Lawrenso » Tue, 06 Jun 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

>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.

Cricket Unlimited is good, though a lot of their stuff result from a tie-in
with Wisden.com.

Quote:
>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.
>Spare us.

>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.

Letting the newspapers dictate selection policy is usually a bad idea. I
remember a tabloid headline during the 1997 Ashes series : "CHUCK OUT THE
WALLIES.  BRING IN THE HOLLIES"  Adam and Ben Hollioake duly made their
debuts in the next Test, and as everyone knows they've become durable and
successful mainstays of the England team.  That's just one example of many.

Quote:
>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
>short-sighted view.

Remember the 1992-93 tour to India and Sri Lanka?  The papers were full of
stuff about how useless India were.  Well, Kumble couldn't turn his leg
break, could he?  Our experienced line up of Gooch, Gatting, Emburey etc.
would sort them out.  Result : Three rather heavy defeats.  After that, they
promised a clear out, and to 'give youth it's head'.  Result : A heavy Ashes
defeat in 1993.  And so on and so on.  Such things wax and wane for the
papers, but things never seem to get any better.

Matthew Lawrenson

 
 
 

The English media do it again

Post by Autism » Tue, 06 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

>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.

This is entirely normal, cricket journos here usually assume the
*only* deciding factor is the performance of our players. England
are either brilliant or rubbish, nothing in between, everything is
hyperbole.