After the defeat in the 1st Ashes, Joe Root defended his decision to bat first in the match. England surprised their fans by leaving out both Anderson and Broad. Shane Warne while speaking on Fox cricket during the 2nd Ashes test, believed that England ‘outplanned’ for coming into the 1st test match. Warne said that the captain should have gone with the observation of the condition. Critics pointed out that England previously had never gone with the bowling combination with which they went in the 1st test. Ollie Robinson took the most wickets while Mark Wood troubled the Australians the most. Apart from them, the English bowling did not looked to discomfort the Australians at all.
Upon being asked by a reporter of the decision to bat first and leave both Anderson and Broad out, Root explained that they had to try something different in order to avoid the same template of their previous Ashes tours to Australia. It has always been tricky deciding to bat or bowl at Brisbane. This time around, the pitch turned out to be seamer-friendly and England was on the receiving end.
Joe Root has had plenty of decisions gone wrong. Earlier in the Lord’s test match against India, England pacers were more intent to bowl bouncers to Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami instead of bowling the tailender’s line. David Gower today, said that Joe Root is not one of the most inspiring captains of England.
At the moment of writing this post, Australia and England are now competing in the second Ashes Test at Adelaide. Mark Wood and Jack Leach have been left out and Anderson and Broad have made a return to boost the visitors. Mark Wood is likely undergoing a niggle after bowling his heart out in the first Ashes test, however, no confirmation was provided from the England camp.
Stuart Broad earlier was handed the cap by James Anderson for playing his 150th test match for England. Steve Smith won the toss and decided to bat first. Joe Root said that England would have done the same.