I think Owais Shah has a lot of talent.
When he got picked I was happy, and not just because Ian Bell was dropped, he deserved another shot at test cricket.
Now I am not so sure.
It has nothing to do with his batting skill, which has not dropped off.
It’s the hand cramps and the running between the wickets that is the problem.
4 matches and twice he has gone off with cramp.
That is just not good enough.
You can’t have a number three who has to retire hurt all the time.
It’s unfortunate for Shah, but he is batting in the most important position in a batting line up, and he had to retire hurt after 29 runs.
Put that together with his running between wickets, and its an ugly package.
Owais is one of the worst runner between wickets I have ever seen from a top order batsman.
He takes runs that aren’t on, doesn’t respond to calls, doesn’t always seem to call, and hesitates to turn safe runs into run outs.
It’s terrible, and while you may be able to get by in county cricket, in test cricket where there the fielding levels are raised, he looks dangerous to himself and others.
And it’s just another thing that makes you doubt whether he should be a test batsman, let alone a test number 3.
The cramp may be beyond his control, although he does grip the bat tighter than most, but the running between the wickets is a skill you can practice.
Well, its one that should be practiced, but instead the players are probably on the couch talking about how in 3rd grade their mother wouldn’t kiss their knee better after a boo boo.