On the opening day of the Ashes 2021, Joe Root made a controversial decision of batting first on a pitch that seemed favourable for bowling with overcast conditions. Australia bundled them up for 147 runs and will open the batting on the second day.
England, without Broad and Anderson, will have the task of catching up with Australia. Nasser Hussain while speaking to Skysports commented that he would have certainly opted one of Anderson or Broad for this game. Hussain also said that England have a strong bowling attack and the Australian batting line is fragile.
When asked by the presenter about the chances of England making a comeback in this test match, the former England captain replied, “They made need a couple days of rain (smile) but also just remember that the Australian batting lineup is fragile as well. They have two world-class players in Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith. They have a few players coming back into the side.“
“Warner is under bit of pressure. The pitch will still do a bit tomorrow. They haven’t had that much of cricket. There was some rain tonight and Robinson and Woakes in these conditions will be a handful. England will have to catch well. 147 all out, you are chasing the game. You better catch well, something they haven’t done of that late. So, obviously not an ideal start. Brisbane all over again but you just to hope really.”
Rory Burns was nervous : Nasser Hussain
The former England captain believed that Rory Burns was under pressure and that he has gotten out for six times on a duck in test match cricket. According to Hussain, since burns is nervous at the start, therefore his worst technical failing gets exaggerated. Rory had a problem with his foot going way too across the line of the ball. Hussain heaped praises on Australian bowlers saying that they did their preparation against Rory.
The good news for England is that the conditions tomorrow may be overcast and their bowlers will look to exploit the moisture from the pitch for seam and bounce. The pitch is relatively fresh as only 50.1 overs had been bowled. During the press conference earlier, Joe Root commented that they will take confidence from the Indian side who bounced back and won the series after being bowled out for 36, their lowest total in test history.