England had high hopes coming into the Adelaide Test match. There were two reasons for it. One was the incoming of veteran duo Broad and Anderson and the other was the Pink Ball. England was probably expecting something sort of 5 – 43 figures in the 2017 test from either of the two. However, the plans didn’t come to fruition and Australia got key run makers in Marnus Labuschagn, Steve Smith, and Alex Carey before the tailenders Starc and Neser rubbed the salt on the wounds on the English side. Sensing the right opportunity to make the tired English batters come out under the challenging conditions of Pink Ball, Smith declared the innings at 473 for nine.
Luck wasn’t on the English side in the first Ashes. However, there were questions about the team selection. And those questions are still circling as many believe that England hasn’t learned their lesson regarding team combination. Now Ian Chappel has shed his opinion on the matter.
According to the former cricketer, “They haven’t got a clue with selections, they haven’t got it right yet. They always seem to be behind the game with their selections and that’s the case again,”
There were several wrong selections that Chappel pointed out. The first was the inclusion of Jos Buttler, who was thrown the gloves primarily due to his batting skills. The second mistake was not going in with a spinner. While Jack Leach was taken apart by the Aussies in the 1st test but Chappel believes that the likes of Dom Bess could have made a difference. Earlier, Shane Warne too laid his opinion on Fox Sports, that the similarity of all the pacers did not help England’s cause and that a spinner would have been more effective on the Adelaide pitch.
Chappel believes that Root needs to come up 1 down in order to provide some batting stability as the openers aren’t doing it at the moment for England. Rory Burns was careful not to shuffle across much like his 1st Test but he nicked an outswinger from Starc whereas Hasib Hameed, after a terrible 1st day in fielding, gave a simple catch to Mitchell Starc at short Mid-on who was strategically placed there by Steve Smith. England was probably hoping for some sort of relief and their prayers were answered when the day was called off due to lightning and thunderstorms. The remaining overs will try to be compensated from an early start on the next day.