There is no doubt that England apart from their batting and bowling woes have made selection errors. In the first test, they left out Broad and Anderson on a lively seaming pitch and then left out Broad again in the Melbourne test where commentators felt he could have been potent. Steve Smith while talking to the media yesterday said that the Australians were ‘surprised’ to see him left out.
“We have been a bit surprised,” Smith said today when asked about Broad’s omissions. “Two wickets that would have suited him pretty well. The Australians, especially David Warner felt relieved when he had to face lesser of Broad as the bowler got him out seven times in the 2019 England Ashes.
Even Broad felt that he could have been a contributing factor in the current Ashes if he would have played in Brisbane and Melbourne. “As a wobble-seam bowler, I feel as though I missed out on two of the best wobble-seam pitches in Australia,” Broad wrote in the Daily Mail on Sunday.
While Australia knew they would enjoy the home advantages, the sub-par performance from the English bowlers hurt the English fans deeply. The bowling and batting camp appeared separated when captain Root blamed the bowlers for not bowling fuller wicket-taking deliveries. Broad defended the criticism with the reasoning that the absence of seam movement would have meant that the fuller balls would have gone for runs.
Michael Vaughan trolled the tourists on a Fox Sports program when he started the new year resolution for the English team, which is to get to the fifth day of the test match. In the wake of Quinton De Kock’s retirement, Broad has confirmed that he will not take a spur-of-a-moment call. The 35-year-old feels fit after recovering from his calf injury. The fourth test match is about to start in Sydney on the 5th of January amidst Covid cases in both camps.