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Ashes 2021 2nd test: Shane Warne points wrong England selection


Critics believe that the Adelaide test will probably be the last venue that will offer English-like conditions to the visitors. After losing the toss, England was made to bowl first on a wicket that seemed flat track. Joe root at the toss said that his side would have opted to bat first. England bowlers bowled a good line but had to toil hard as they were able to grab only 2 wickets in the day.

Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson came back to the side after being rested in the 1st test. The surprising exclusion of Mark Wood caught everyone as the bowler along with Ollie Robinson was the standout for the English side in the first test. There were speculations that Jack Leach would be left out and England did confirm it.

Shane Warne, while commentating on Fox Sports, said that England missed the trick by leaving out a spinner. According to Warne, Jack Leach would have offered a variety to this English attack on this pitch and that the decision of going with all seam attack wasn’t the right one for this match.

England bowling selection wasn’t right and the bowlers bowled shorter : Shane Warne

Shane Warne is one of the cricketing pundits who often gets right about his predictions of batsmen getting out. We saw that in the India – Australia 2021 Test series where Warnie would predict the type of delivery that the bowler will bowl next. And more often than not, he got it right.

Speaking about the England bowling selection during commentating on Fox Sports, Warne believes that the English pace attack was similar. All the seamers bowling around the same mid 130s wasn’t troubling the Australian batsman and that someone like Jack Leach would have offered more chances of taking wickets. It was speculated that Leach would probably be taken out of this test match as the bowler conceded 102 runs in his 13 overs in the first test.

But Warne pointed out that Australians were able to pounce on Jack Leach as they were under no pressure after the visitor’s dismissal for only 147 runs in the first innings. Even Joe Root admitted during the post-match press conference that his field settings weren’t the best ones for Jack Leach. Warne also said that the England bowlers bowled a bit short which allowed too much away seam movement. Had the bowlers had bowled full, they would have got a nick.

Jos Butler had a nightmare in the field as the reliable wicket-keeper dropped not one but two catches of Marnus Labuschagne. While the first one was a difficult attempt going to his leg side, the second catch was a regulation one when Labuschagne was on 95. Australia at the time of writing this post was on 331 for five.

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