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England were outplayed by Australia – Michael Atherton on England’s thrashing in 2nd Test

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England have suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Australia and former English cricketers have raised concerns over the performance of the team till now. Sanity prevailed over the English side when they announced the inclusion of both Broad and Anderson, who were left out in the first test match on a green track wicket with overcast conditions. However, the veteran duo did not get too much assistance from the pitch for the Pink ball.

England’s team selection has been a talking point right from the start of the Ashes. Broad and Anderson were rested in order to keep them fresh for the Pink ball Adelaide test whereas no spinner was included for the second test match. History says that Adelaide has supported spin and the think tank should have pondered over Damien Hough, the curator who said, “I think so. History says the pitch will spin.” when asked if England should include a spin for the 2nd Test match.

And the curator was proven right as stats showed that the average spin in Adelaide in 2021 was close to a whooping 5.1″ as depicted by 7Cricket.

Source – 7Cricket Twitter Handle

Speaking on SkySports Cricket, Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, and Robert Key shared their opinions about English performances. According to Atherton, “I think England were outplayed in all facets of the game. I thought they selected badly, I thought their strategy with the ball was poor. Obviously, they didn’t get enough runs on a good Adelaide pitch. They were really outplayed and Australia were without two of their main bowlers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood.”

Atherton did acknowledge the fighting spirit of England on the final day. England resumed their day from 44th over of their innings and lost Ollie Pope and Ben Stokes quite early. But then the resilience came from Buttler and Woakes who consumed close to 200 deliveries and put the Australians in a bit of bother. But the mountain was too steep for England to climb and Australia eventually won the match by 275 runs.

England are facing a plethora of problems. As if the side already did not have a mountain of concerns such as the inability to choose the right bowlers, openers not getting runs, bowlers not adapting to the right length, their stand out pillar player Joe Root looked in all agonizing pain when he got hit at his unmentionable not once but Twice on the same day. Although scans cleared Root of any injury, the pain and swelling may take some time to settle down.

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