'A subdued start'
'England lacked menace with the ball at the start of day one'
Last Updated: August 3, 2012 2:28pm
Bumble thinks Broad and his comrades could have bowled more aggressively early on
David Lloyd says England did not show enough belligerence in the opening stages of the second Test at Headingley.
"I've never seen England win the toss, bowl and look so subdued."
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England skipper Andrew Strauss won the toss in Yorkshire and sent South Africa into bat, but the tourists reached 120 before the lost their first wicket - captain Graeme Smith falling to the bowling of local favourite Tim Bresnan.
Smith's opening partner Alviro Petersen continued his innings, though, and reached three figures during the evening session, helping the Proteas amass 262-5 by the close.
England, who left out spinner Graeme Swann in favour of Middlesex paceman Steven Finn, are looking to bounce back from a comprehensive defeat in the first Test at The Oval.
But Sky Sports pundit Lloyd, who coached England between 1996-99, was disappointed by the hosts' early approach to their task.
"I've never seen England win the toss, bowl and look so subdued," said Bumble. "The England team I've come to know is one that's aggressive, in your face and gives the other side a difficult two hours, but it wasn't that way.
"The bowling was okay but not menacing, while, early on, there were five fielders in what I would call non-catching positions. That was a surprise considering a lot of quality players can nick off at Headingley.
"England made the decision to leave out Swann and play Finn, which was a surprise, but there was a massive argument for [Graeme] Onions to come he is a pitch-it up bowler and they usually fare well in the Headingley conditions."
Former West Indies seamer Michael Holding added: "If you pick four fast bowlers you should never think: 'I am going to be slightly defensive'. You have to be aggressive with your field placings and ensure that your fast bowlers get wickets.
"I didn't see that and there was just a standard 'three slips and a gully' field, while England bowled too straight at Petersen when they should have been bowling at off stump, pitching the ball up and looking to bring the slips into play.
"Petersen looked so comfortable on the back-foot; he was even hooking the bouncers and playing them quite well. If they had got him early that would have given them impetus but that wasn't the case.
"It's all well and good saying: 'Let's dry up the runs' but top-class batsmen are not going to fret if they are not scoring runs and play at something they shouldn't."
Watch live coverage of day two of the second Test between England and South Africa from 10.30am, Friday, Sky Sports 1 HD.