Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard give their thoughts on England, Robinson, Crowds and the Pandemic at an event with Vertu Motors
Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard speaking at an event with Vertu Motors, sponsor of Yorkshire CCC.
The punishment enough was having the game of your life, the day of your life your international test match debut at the home of cricket at Lords and to walk out at the end of the game after taking a couple of wickets and embarrasses himself and have to apologies for something which is nothing to do with what has just happened. I don't think they've let him down by suspending him.
You've got to remember he's not banned from playing cricket he's just suspended until they make a judgement. That judgement has to be made, for me, within the next three of four days, because the longer it goes on then he is more or less banned because they're stopping him from playing.
I think they've bought themselves some time, to find out what's happening and i think that was the right course of action, take him out of the firing line, take him away from the media and the press and everything that goes with it. Personally, I think he should be available as soon as possible. he made a mistake, and he was wrong, stupid, naïve, embarrassing, whatever way you want to look at it.
But at the end of the day if he's been educated, it was eight years ago, you know it wasn't great, but he's a better person for it now, he understands right from wrong now. We all did stupid things, I mean we're still doing stupid things at 42 and 44. Use him as an example for any kids coming through. Steve Harmison
On England (New Zealand) loss…
It sounds so simple but you need twenty wickets to win a game - but you also need runs that give you the best chance of doing that because we aren’t able to put their batsmen under pressure when there are no runs on the scoreboard. The constant pressure is there because you’re behind the game. As a bowler if you have a clear mind you can focus on taking wickets and your judgment isn’t clouded because there’s not as much pressure. Steve Harmison
On England’s batting…
They’re the best group we have got. But they are not doing anything right even as simple as being in the correct position to leave the ball or play the ball. Some of these players at the moment look lost at sea and their techniques have gone to pot. They are moving parts everywhere though and there’s no simple way of going back to basics. The main issue for me is every one of these bowling attacks they face, and India and Australia have better bowling attacks than New Zealand, is that they all feel like they can get our batsmen out at any time. Matthew Hoggard
They don’t have a game plan and when that’s missing you can’t play the moment in the game. If you can then you set yourself up to score runs. But you need to get in a position to do so first. Bowlers need something to bowl at but it just seems like the batsmen have a number of issues going on that it’s not just simple to address. I’d (Harmison) love to see them give up some white ball matches to get themselves back in form in the few county championship matches available between now and August when that test starts. Steve Harmison
On England’s team selection…
Moen Ali somehow needs to be back in against India. I feel it balances it all out. We need a spinner in there that’s back in form because the ones we have being selected at the moment are not being trusted because they’re being chopped and changed constantly. Steve Harmison
Obviously it’s fantastic to have crowds back. It’s not easy to play in empty stadiums and the crowds coming back make it easier for players to play their game. With nobody there it’s harder to get yourself going.
At the end of the day it’s sole destroying in empty stadiums. No support means you don’t have the crowd on your back but you don’t have their support and it’s so important. Freddie Flintoff ands Kevin Pietersen fed of the crowd and they felt ten feet tall. Let’s hope we can get the crowds back in as quickly as possible because there’s not many grounds like Headingley with a packed west stand. Matthew Hoggard
On legacy & investment…
It means so much to have the opportunity to inspire cricket and people coming through. We need sponsors like Vertu Motors to keep putting investment in to the county game because that’s where the next generation of supporters come from. The facilities we have are fantastic and the reason for that is that sponsors are continuing to put money behind the county game and the more we can get sponsorship in to the sport, the more chance you get of the top players coming through regularly. Steve Harmison
Hoggard on Yorkshire….
Yorkshire aren’t quite performing at this moment in time. Dawid Malan is the best ODI batman in the world. They have people who can take the game away from the opposition. If one of big guns fire from either side they can win the game. Matthew Hoggard