England has so far not been able to replicate the performance that lies on paper. The team seems to be leaving no stone unturned for making business easy for the home side. From wrong bowling combinations, no-balls, drop catches to openers getting out cheaply, nothing seems to be going right for the visitors.
The English fans were left scratching their eyes on Day 4 when they saw Ollie Robison bowling off-spinners for a while. There were two reasons for it. England upon realizing that the wicket was offering a turn, thought of letting the ball do something with spin overs from Robinson. Earlier, Root bowled almost 20 overs in the first innings.
England did show some fight in patches but according to Ricky Ponting’s session card, won only three sessions in the game. English fans were already livid with how their team was going through the match and made some harsh tweets, some even calling the series a joke for England.
Now, England’s former cricketer, Kevin Peterson has now come forth and urged fans to not criticize their side too much. Peterson said that the Australian tour is always difficult.
Englan’s batting is horrendous I know : Kevin Peterson
It wouldn’t be an understatement that England has been poor with the bat so far in this series. Their openers have put on the highest partnership of only 23 runs till which was in the 2nd innings of the 1st test. Another worrying sign for England is the underfire of their batsman apart from Dawid Malan and Joe root. Peterson acknowledged England’s poor form with the bat but requested the fans to be easy on their side as these are times of bio-bubble and the Australian tour is always difficult.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that England hasn’t been able to find reliable openers ever since Alastair Cook and Sir Andrew Strauss. Michael Atherton commented during the SkySports program that this is England’s almost 22nd opening pair after Strauss and Cook.
Another worrying sign for England is their bowlers. Australia has been able to score more than 400 two times till now in the series. The likes of Anderson and Broad were rested specifically for the Pink Ball Adelaide test but were not able to trouble the Australians as they mostly bowled back-of-length deliveries. Eyebrows were raised when the think tank left out the likes of Mark Wood for the 3rd test as made life difficult for the Australians in the 1st test.
England’s batting collapse is a major concern
England has suffered a no. of collapses this year. Earlier during the Lord’s Test, England was bowled out for 120 runs by a charged-up Indian bowler inside 60 overs on a flat batting wicket. Then during the 2nd innings of 4th test against India, England was stable at 100 for no loss and then went on to lose their next 10 wickets for 110 runs. England in this series has lost 8 wickets for 72 runs and 8 wickets for 86 runs on two occasions. Cook in his post-match presentation emphasized that England batters need to hang in the initial period and then have to be greedy for runs.
The third test will start on the 26th of December in Melbourne.