Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie has asked the English side to look deep within themselves and prioritize their test cricket through pitch preparations. Gillespie in his column for daily mail pointed out that although he wants to see Australia win every time, everyone wants to see a challenging game.
“To see Australia 3-0 up is most definitely not a bad thing as far as I’m concerned. But the cricket lover in me and the coach who has worked closely with some of the English boys wants to see a good contest; a last-day run-chase on a turning pitch with the Ashes on the line.” Gillespie wrote. England so far has not lived up to their expectations with either bat and bowl. The selection errors made by them indicate that thought processes aren’t synced up in the camp.
Jason Gillespie wasn’t impressed with the length of the English team bowlers which was mainly the back of a length. The fast bowler pointed out the length that the likes of Broad bowled in Headingley when he ripped the Australian side with his 8 wickets in the fourth Ashes test in 2015. According to Gillespie, Broad is one of the guys who becomes lethal when he bowls fuller.
There was a time when England’s white-ball affair was similar to their current test scenario. After their 2015 World Cup fiasco, where they failed to make it into the quarter-finals, England emphasized white-ball cricket and performed well. They reached the 2016 T20 World Cup final and won 2019 50 over World Cup. England may have to adopt similar urgency to resurrect their test side that they showed for the white ball cricket from 2015.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the three test matches so far have been one-sided. England will play for some pride in the remaining two games in Sydney and Hobart whereas Australia is certain of achieving a whitewash of 5 – 0 this time.