It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Australia thrashed England in the third Ashes Test and have retained the Ashes with an unassailable lead of 3 – 0. Root’s men were disappointed much to the expectation of their fans who have not witnessed a fightback by England on this tour. Captain Root admitted after the match that the side has plenty of worries to tackle and that they will try to make the most out of the last two matches.
The star of England’s 2005 Ashes win, Steve Harmison while talking on BT Sports, said staff’s career ‘could be on the firing line‘ after the disastrous performance from the touring side.
‘There is going to be a big inquest. There’s gonna be a lot of things blamed, people’s careers on the line, but first, you marvel at Australia”, Harmison said further.
The primary concern for England’s failure has been their under-performing batting lineup apart from Joe Root who has scored more than 1600 runs in a test year. But surprisingly, the second-highest run-getter for England hasn’t contributed more than 700 runs this year and it shows the side’s inability to adapt to the red-ball format in overseas conditions.
Coach Silverwood would be questioned on many things, regarding the disastrous team selection when England opted for a spinner on a green-seaming pitch whereas went with an all-out pace attack on a flat track at Adelaide.
Before the start of the Ashes, there were talks back home about the preparations that England have come up with for the Ashes this time. Much to their disappointment that the bubble-lock didn’t allow the English players to get the desired level of match practice. However, not being able to display a spirited performance this time is something that England would deeply regret.
Root admitted in the post-match presentation that the defeat is ‘gut-wrenching’ and England has registered one of the lowest totals in Australia by getting all out on 68 runs. They would be competing for pride in the last two test matches as they have nothing to lose. The fourth and fifth tests would be played in Sydney and Hobart.