DARREN FOREMAN: Time for England’s batsmen to step up

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So far the Ashes series has been a steep learning curve for the England camp.

The rest of the series now comes as a massive test for England and it is important that they step up to the plate.

The Aussies are at home, the media is playing its part and the hosts have the wind in their sails.

England have to somehow take the momentum away from them and that will be a hefty task.

The second Test, which started in Adelaide last night, is all-important. If the Aussies win it then it is a very long way back for the tourists.

I can’t see either side making over 600, at the moment England definitely won’t manage that.

England have the experience in their ranks to know that the tracks Down Under often have a bit of bounce, but they are still struggling to cope.

The biggest difference between the two sides is the pace of the bowling attacks.

The extra 5 MPH doesn’t sound a lot, but it is on a bouncy pitch, it is a huge amount.

England have too many batsmen who want to play shots too quickly or shots they don’t play at home.

There wasn’t that much between the two teams in the summer, apart from a couple of decisions that turned it in our favour.

The Aussies aren’t great, but England are poor at the moment. They have been for a while, yet they have been getting away with it.

Ian Bell has got England out of it for too long, it is time the other batsmen do their bit.

In the world of football we are now firmly in the sacking season as chairmen look ahead to the January transfer window.

Wigan, Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday have all sacked their managers in the Championship, while Crystal Palace have made a change and Martin Jol has finally left his role at Fulham.

It must have been strange for Jol when René Meulensteen was appointed, which immediately spelt the end for him.

There are a number of managers being lined up for the vacancies, including Neil Warnock being paired with Sheffield Wednesday.

That would be like Bill Shankly taking over at Everton though, I can’t see it.

Football is all about being in the Premiership now, fan power and money.

Popularity of a manager doesn’t last long anymore, which makes it a very hard job to do.

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