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Eng vs Aus: James Anderson hits back at Root’s criticism of bowlers

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Looks like England bowlers have not been able to digest the criticism that their captain laid upon them during the post-match interviews. Root criticized the back-of-length bowling which allowed the Australians to get away on the 1st day of the 2nd test. The captain insisted that the bowlers could have been braver to bowl a little bit fuller. Now England’s premier bowler, James Anderson has hit back towards Root’s criticism.

Anderson in his column for the telegraph has said that the batsman did not put on runs on a wicket and that the data suggested it was one of the flattest wickets Adelaide ever produced. “We did not “We did not bat well enough on a pitch where the data said it was one of the flattest Adelaide surfaces ever produced and the pink ball did the least it has ever done in a day-night game,”

On a pitch where Australia scored in excess of 400, England was bowled out for 236 runs in their first innings. In the first match, England were bowled out for 147 runs but allowed the Australians to get in excess of 400 runs.

Steve Harmison a few days ago on Brad Hogg Youtube channel that whatever chances the English bowlers had created, England didn’t grab them in the second test, and therefore, the point of scolding the bowlers for their length isn’t totally justified. England team has had a stern message from Root and coach Silverwood, who publicly defended that the team combination for the first two tests was correct.

Anderson admits that the bowler should have bowled full and that the team needs to be more proactive during the game itself. “We have to be better at assessing it during a game. We can’t just go after the game, ‘we should have bowled fuller’… We have to be a bit more proactive at that too as a whole group.”

England are likely to overhaul their bowling line up and Steve Harmison event went on to say that the likes of Broad and Anderson may be dropped from the third test match. Zak Crawley is likely to brought back in place of an opener whereas Jack Leach is also expected to be given a chance as the bowler did not had the leverage of too many runs in the 1st test to put Australia under pressure and was selected for the spin-friendly Adelaide pitch.

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