It is widely believed by the cricketing pundits that one bad session in the Test match can cost you the game. And that is exactly what happened with the England Team in the first match. England was never allowed to come back into the game after their first-innings collapse of 147 runs. Joe root’s side will now look for a comeback in the Adelaide Pink ball day-night test match.
In recent times, Joe Root has come under immense criticism from the cricketing fraternity on his decisions and team selection. England took a gamble of leaving out both Anderson and Broad from their test squad in the Ashes opener. The captain later on agreed in the post-match press conference that the field settings set by him for Jack Leach weren’t good enough to put pressure on the Australians.
If we go back a further away, when England was hosting the Indians, England looked to be on course in the second test match at Lords. The visiting team was leading by nearly 150 runs with six wickets down when the last day began. The tail was completely exposed when India was 209 -8 with Shami and Bumrah at the crease. The English bowlers barged Bumrah with no. of bouncers as retaliation to bouncers from Jasprit Bumrah to Jimmy Anderson in the first innings.
The move backfired heavily and Shami and Bumrah not only got going but ensured that a defeat for India is unlikely as England was given a target to survive 60 overs with 272 runs to win. England collapsed, just like their 1st innings at the Ashes opener.
Speaking on Dailymail, David Gower said that Joe Root is not the most inspiring captain. In his own words, “I don’t think Joe Root is in England’s top five best ever captains. I think he is a steady captain. I think tactically, you’re right [after] the Lord’s game against India, he admitted immediately, he got that wrong……….I think in general terms, he’s a steady captain”
The Australian commentators said during the 1st Test that Brisbane and Adelaide will offer the most English-like conditions to the visitors and that if England doesn’t make the most in the first two games, Australia will likely run down with 5 – 0 Ashes win.
The second test between the two sides will start on the 16th. England has confirmed that the veteran duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad will play the games. Mark Wood, surprisingly has been left-out who steamed in and troubled the Australian batsmen. Jack Leach has been given a chance after the Australians took him apart by scoring 102 runs in his 13 overs in the 1st Ashes.
England’s 12-man squad: Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root (capt) Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes