There is no question that England is all over the place and the likelihood of them making a comeback in this Ashes is appearing unlikely. With wrong bowling attacks in both test matches and batters with low confidence, England has been outclassed by Australia. Michael Vaughan recently termed the Aussie team as better in all facets of Test cricket. Now Stuart Broad has said that the toss certainly played a crucial role in this game’s test match.
According to Broad, the toss was 50-50 in the Brisbane game but Broad feels that Adelaide was “100% was batting wicket”. England won the toss in the 1st match and lost it in the second. In his own words, “This was a 100-per-cent bat-first pitch. Do that and do it well in day-night Test cricket, you can control the times at which you get the new ball under lights with fresh bowlers.” Broad wrote in Dailymail.
Broad got Marcus Harris cheaply in the 1st innings but England was unable to make inroads in the Australian lineup and the batters ultimately propelled the score to 473, with hundred of Labuschange and 93 from Steve Smith. England in response lost their openers cheaply but Root and Malan replicated their Gabba partnership to inject some life and confidence into the batting lineup. However, England again allowed a collapse when their last 8 wickets fell for 86 runs. This is the third collapse on the English batting lineup in a row on this tour and Broad admitted it.
Collapsing three times in a row is not Ok : Stuart Broad
If I remember correctly, England did suffer collapse against India too, in their home conditions. England needed to survive the last 60 overs of Lord’s test match which they weren’t. Then in the fourth test match at Kennington Oval, England needed to survive the last four sessions. After completing 100 for no loss, England ultimately collapsed again by losing the last 10 wickets in 110 runs. So collapsing is now growing into a tumor and England definitely needs to address the issue if they want to compete with the likes of Australia, India, and New Zealand.
“We weren’t able to convert though. Just like Brisbane, we had one big partnership and couldn’t capitalise on it, and that was disappointing. As professional players, mistakes are OK if you learn from them, but we have collapsed three times in a row now.”
England at the time of writing this post is now three down for 74 runs and the writing on the wall is clear for the tourists until the likes of Joe Root, Stokes, or Buttler produce heroic innings, which Broad believes is possible. “We just need two or three batters to be heroic” said Broad.