If one would describe this English team, then the phrase ‘frequent collapse’ wouldn’t be a wrong summarization of their 2021 test match performance. If I am not wrong, this is England’s fourth collapse on this tour and nearly the tenth one in this year alone. England would have come back to the dressing room feeling that the day belonged to the team. Only the final hour was to be survived, but unfortunately, it went from bad to worse as England lost four wickets in the last one hour of the day’s game.
Anderson was the pick of the bowlers on the second day. The 39-year-old veteran picked up four wickets and nearly pulled off a stunning catch of Pat Cummins by a diving full stretch. Little did he know that all the effort would go in vain as England lost the nightwatchman, Jack Leach, also before the day’s game.
Rumors of a rift emerged after the second test when Anderson hit back at the batters. In the wake of Root’s criticism of back-of-length bowling in the second test, Anderson pointed out that the batters did not perform their jobs on the world’s flattest pitch Adelaide.
After Monday evening, Anderson said “It’s dangerous as a bowler to talk about our batting. We’re a team and we’re all working hard to put in some much better performances as a group. All I can see from the batting group is how hard they’re working to put things right but it can be very difficult in foreign conditions against a quality attack. I don’t want to get into bowlers versus batters.”
Broad too defended the bowling line and length and said that in the absence of little to no seam movement, their economy would have gone through the roof.
For all the hype there was from the English camp about the preparations, Englan’s performance has reached new lows on this Ashes tour and it looks like this test match, and therefore the Ashes has gone out of their hands unless a herculean effort comes in from the likes of Stokes and Root.