Miachael Vaughan recently said that Australia are the favourites if they will blow away the visitors in the first test. The match has witnessed only England’s 1st innings till now and it looks like the visitor have an uphill task from now on. England were bowled out for less than 150 runs in nearly half over the overs of the day. Australia, right from the first ball, mounted pressure on England when Starc became the 2nd bowler to take a wicket on the first ball of the Ashes.
While it was obvious that James Anderson isn’t going to play in the 1st test match (the reason of which is not exactly clear) as announced earlier, the surprise revealed at the toss was the exclusion of Stuart Broad. Critics are pointing out now that England may have made a bad call by excluding their premier fast bowlers who share close to 1100 wickets between them in Test. Gabba had received plenty of rainfall in the recent days and the conditions were perfect for the likes of Anderson and Stuart Broad.
Brett lee believes that if Anderson and Broad were rested, then it was a bad decision to leave them out from this match as the two of them would have got the most of this wicket under overcast atmosphere which is typical English condition. In his own words, ‘I hope for their sake that there was a reason why they left them out, like if there was a niggle, “I think there has to be a bit more behind the scenes than what we’re hearing…”’
Joe Root under pressure
Joe Root hasn’t had the best run under Australian conditions. England’s premier batsman averages only 35.62 on the Australian shores and it would be wrong to say that Pat Cummins, has won the first battle with his counterpart. The talking point of the series is the battle between David Warner and Stuart Broad, Pat Cummins and Joe Root.
As per Lee, “I think it does (set the tone) … anyone that gets the captain, and the captain happens to be the best player in the team, if you can silence him for a duck it sets a great example for the other Australian bowlers that it is possible and they can go through that top order,”
England’s lack of preparation
Lee believes that England’s lack of preparation has certainly not helped them. The visitors did not had a great amount of practice due to consistent rains at the Gabba. The last time England played Test cricket was against India where they are currently behind by 2 – 1. In his own words, “England looked a bit like a rabbit in the headlights today. I don’t think a lack of preparation has helped them. I don’t think the lack of first-class cricket back home has helped them. But look, it’s only early on in the series. They got rissoled but let’s see how Australia bats tomorrow.”