‘ The way that he plays he needs good surfaces says the commentator.’
‘That first innings shot is not what you would expect of a batsmen of his caliber, that type of shot goes through the changing room’.
So the challenge is clear and familiar. A great innings from Ock probably wins the test....failure likely loses it. And Ock tentatively prods forward and loses his wicket.
In the first innings one could accuse him of a Dud error, mental failure. But in the second he clearly feels the responsibility and doesn’t deliver. Has he ever when he isn’t swinging the bat?
Ock remains technically vulnerable. The gap between bat and pad.....the pushing of hands at the ball means any movement is a problem. On nice flat surfaces with an even bounce he is Roy McClean. But even then very often he is Dud as he was in the first innings.
He will have many big innings on flat wickets when it doesn’t count.....when defense and attack are required Ock is not your man. A classic number 7 bat you hope comes off, but can’t count on.