Cricket folklore says that if you win the toss, nine times out of ten you should bat. (And the other time? You should think about it… then bat!)
But when it comes to the Women’s Ashes Test at Canterbury, cricket folklore might just be wrong in England’s case.
Here are 3 reasons why Charlotte Edwards should put Australia in if she has the opportunity:
- When you’re the underdog (as England surely are) you have to play your best suit first; and England’s bowling is undoubtedly a lot stronger than their batting.
- The weather on Tuesday looks like being warm and cloudy – swing-friendly conditions which Anya Shrubsole in particular should relish.
- The wicket at Canterbury probably won’t deteriorate much over the 4 days, and England haven’t got the attacking spinners to take advantage of it in on the final day even if it did, so batting 4th should hold no particular fears.
Oh… and in the immortal words of Lt. Colombo: One more thing!
Say England bowl, what’s the worst that could happen? Australia finish Day 1 on 250/0?
On the other hand if England bat, there is every chance that Australia could finish Day 1 on 50/0… having already bowled England out – and that really would be a disaster!
But what do you think?
(Plus, look out tomorrow for Raf’s Rebuttal™!)