## A Little Patience Required; Ratings 16th July Russell Degnan

1st TestEnglandvAustralia
Pre-rating1082.11236.2
Form-13.2+9.4
Expected MarginAustralia by 27 runs
Actual MarginEngland by 169 runs
Post-rating1093.61221.3

Australia have three problems out of this game. The first is that their batting is plainly struggling in English conditions. Moving on Watson and Haddin, with their limited footwork and hard hands will be useful. Whether Marsh and Nevill are sufficiently skilled to make a difference remains to be seen. It is hard to believe any player would make fewer runs than Haddin has of late, but Marsh is as useful for his extra overs as his batting abilities, and they are mostly replacing one oft-injured bits-and-pieces all-rounder with another.

The second is that Englands deep batting lineup means they can put on reasonable scores once Starc and Johnson get tired, or if the new ball is successfully negotiated. A slow pitch didnt help, but England havent been hurt by Lyon. And in their attack, Moeen Ali continues to convince batsmen to get themselves out attacking him, even as he gives them plenty of run-scoring opportunities without creating them.

Finally, Australias inability to control the run-rate with three attacking pacemen means England need only wait. It could easily turn around, if they breach the English top order they could run all the way down and make a game of it. But the loss of Harris who kept things tight, in preference for Starc who bowled well, but doesnt, is proving more problematic than theyd have hoped.

Pre-rating597.51288.3
Form+4.4-12.2
Expected MarginSouth Africa by 295 runs

Bangladesh look a proper cricket team in the one-dayers, but they have still struggled to produce decent test match performances. In recent matches at home the pitch has been so dead that a draw is their best possible result. It would be a surprise if that changed here.

Rankings at 16th July 2015
1.South Africa1288.3
2.Australia1221.3
3.Pakistan1115.2
4.England1093.6
5.India1089.7
6.Sri Lanka1011.2
7.New Zealand1000.5
8.West Indies867.0
12.Zimbabwe559.8

9.Ireland611.1
11.Afghanistan586.2
13.Scotland418.9
14.Namibia369.1
15.Kenya276.4
16.U.A.E.248.5
17.Papua New Guinea219.4
18.Netherlands164.7
19.Hong Kong150.1