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Alastair Cook questions planning, ask “where is it” on England’s 275 defeat at Adelaide Test


While English fans are certainly passionate about Cricket, the level of expectations goes a notch higher for the Ashes series. 21st January 2021, Coach Silverwood was relishing the thought of beating Australia in Australia after seeing the heroics of the depleted Indian side at Gabba.

Silverwood commented, “always nice to see the opposition under pressure” when the fortress was breached by India after bouncing back from their lowest ever Test score of 36 runs in the Adelaide Pink ball test match. Coming to 2021 December when England has been thrashed by the Aussies 2 -0, Silverwood’s planning for the Ashes apparently seems nowhere.

Alastair Cook and Matt Prior during discussions with BTSport after the match couldn’t digest the errors that the English team have shown from the outset of this Ashes. Bowling combinations, the decision to bat on a green wicket, and then taking wickets only to be notified no-ball. Prior was aghast at the no. of drop catches

Cook lament the hype about England’s preparations and asked “where is it?”. In his own words, “We have gone in this tour with all the stuff from Chris Silverwood saying that we are going to best preparing the England team, we are prepared for this, we want to arrive, and this this and this.

Cook acknowledged that with the Covid situation, bio-bubble, and rescheduling of IPL and T20 World cup, preparations would have taken a backseat a bit but believed that the basic planning was all over the place. “They turned up to play the biggest Ashes match. You know first, biggest Ashes game which is the first one where you set the tone, where you start to get into the series and play the bowling attack in my opinion (exclaims), not in my opinion, the bowling attack that we never played before together. Where is the planning? We talked about planning but I can’t see where that planning has got to.”, Cook said on BTSport

Cook agreed with the decision to not play James in the first game as he believed the fast bowler wasn’t fully fit but said that leaving out Broad, who has got a good record at the Gabba was a big error from England. Matt Prior chipped in that the rationale behind the bowling combination in both tests may very well not be known in the media but questioned taking a spinner on a green pitch and going out all-pace attack on an Adelaide wicket that is always known for its spin-assistance.

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