24 hours on from the horrible performance against Gloucestershire the result smarts no less, but where does the team go from here? It is very easy to call for people's heads at a time like this when the team seems to be going backwards, but I don't think that is right at all.
As people who know much more about cricket than me have said, the team is at that incredibly infuriating stage of taking one inspirational step forward only to take two clumsy steps back. I don't doubt that the frustration is felt all the more acutely among the players than among the fans, this can't be an easy time for them to come out and play.
But come out and play they must! The collection of players we have is too good to fail like that on a regular basis, but the team at the moment is not the sum of its parts. Adams and Hamilton-Brown have an enormous job on their hands to fix things and unite the team behind the young skipper. Younus, Ramps, Symonds...they are all massive names who have played with the likes of Ponting, Hussey, Atherton, Inzamam and so many more, and now they are operating under a 22 year old captain with very little first class experience but is without question a prodigious talent. That is just a snapshot of the tricky task for Adams and RHB.
Way back when Hamilton-Brown was signed and appointed captain I posted that I hoped the supporters would get behind him and back him to succeed, I still think that is important now.
To say 'it can only get better' after yesterday is trivialising the situation too much, but the team does need to come together and put in a much improved performance against a very decent Essex side tomorrow night. Gone is the optimism of Tuesday morning, I'll settle for a fighting performance with bags of character thank you!
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