The Ashes: England in the mire through circumstances, selection and general sloppiness | Cricket News

England are fixing the barrel of a 2-0 deficit in The Ashes after another disappointing day in Adelaide

It would be inaccurate to say that Ashes’ troubles in England are entirely self-inflicted.

Australia, let’s not forget, is a beautiful test team, with three world-class hitters in Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith and David Warner and a top-notch bowling bout, albeit one that has been depleted in this game by the forced absences of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

Man for man, it’s hard to argue that Australia isn’t the best part.

Marnus Labuschagne is part of a strong Australian batting formation

Marnus Labuschagne is part of a strong Australian batting formation

Australia is also used to these conditions and England simply is not, with tourist preparations severely hampered by the Covid quarantine, lack of significant warm-up matches and then rain, lots of rain, affecting training matches. that they had planned.

It’s not quite the meticulous pre-season preparation against quality opponents that the winners of Sir Andrew Strauss’ Ashes 2010/11 enjoyed, is it?

Strauss’s men were fierce, Joe Root’s are fleeced. Strauss’s side was hot, Root’s well done.

England’s plan this time, of course, was to hit Australia with the pace. Head coach Chris Silverwood has designated Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, and Olly Stone as the supersonic seamstresses who could mistreat the Baggy Greens. As it stands, Silverwood only has one available, Wood, with elbow and back injuries that set Archer and Stone aside respectively.

Then there are the broader issues of whether the often-criticized county structure is hampering England’s ability to win test matches away from home, with red ball cricket pushed to the sidelines of the season and the king of white ball cricket in the middle.

Ollie Pope struggles off after being fired for five by Nathan Lyon

Ollie Pope struggles off after being fired for five by Nathan Lyon

This probably makes it difficult to produce a battery of fierce fast bowlers and high quality spinners, and consequently, even for batters to get used to taking on such bowlers on good pitches.

When England collides with Mitchell Starc’s pace and Nathan Lyon spins it prodigiously, it’s a world away from what they are used to in county cricket, where medium-paced bowling and green fields prevail.

Green pitches that also make scoring runs an unenviable task and hardly build trust among hitters, as England’s long-standing search for players to support Root and Ben Stokes likely testifies.

Again, it’s not Root’s fault, his players, or Silverwood’s. Structure decisions are being made over their heads, although ECB leaders could do worse than hear Root’s words on national set-up following England’s away defeat in India earlier this year.

So, yes, Ashes’ England troubles aren’t entirely self-inflicted, but they don’t help themselves with a series of questionable decisions that are sure to assist Australia as they move closer to the 2-0 Series lead.

England seem to be losing the pace of the rested Mark Wood

England seem to be losing the pace of the rested Mark Wood

Selection calls meant England omitted both James Anderson and Stuart Broad on a green Brisbane top and then found themselves with five English-style seams on a dry Adelaide surface demanding the point of difference and pace. Wood’s and some frontline spin would have provided.

Writing in his Daily mail column, Sky Sport Cricket ‘s Nasser Hussain said: “You simply can’t put all your eggs in one basket. England chose the team in Adelaide that should have played in Brisbane. They shouldn’t have chosen five English type seamers just because it’s a test day. -night. “

For all the planning that Root and Silverwood pointed out England had done prior to this trip, they are probably guilty of over-planning and second thoughts. What they are certainly guilty of is giving Australia some early Christmas presents.

Taken falls, missed run outs and expensive no-balls prevented England from removing David Warner in Brisbane for a cheaper price than the 94 he ended up making, while a string of faults in Adelaide allowed the gum chewer. Marnus Labuschagne to score 103, his sixth century Test in 20 games. Court mistakes and a little short bowling were other missteps.

Loose batting strokes also contributed to England’s downfall, with Root’s side scoring 147 on opening day in Brisbane and then losing eight wickets for 74 points on day four at The Gabba.

It was a similar story on day three in Adelaide with much of the hard work being put into by Root and Dawid Malan as they pushed their team 17-2 to 140-2 at dinner, which was then nullified by a bunch of avoidable wickets.

Root toyed off the stump and stole a delivery from Cameron Green that he could have left. Malan cut a ball that was too close to cut and it fell on Starc.

Ollie Pope tamed Lyon to reduce his leg after advancing onto the pitch. Jos Buttler – perhaps with his mind still confused after leaving Labuschagne on 21.95 on the first day – was seduced into driving a ball that leaned over him and left for a blob of 15 balls.

Those wickets followed Haseeb Hameed Michael Neser’s sloping debut midway through the end of day two. Soft dismissal, after soft dismissal for England. This Aussie side is good enough already, they don’t need to be decorated with gifts.

A 2-0 score seems somewhat inevitable, although rain is expected for Adelaide on Sunday and cricket, as Stokes demonstrated at Headingley in 2019, has the ability to wow.

If defeat is the result, however, England have no choice but to believe they can still reach 3-2 by winning in Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart. They wouldn’t do their job well if they didn’t think so.

But you could forgive England fans for fearing it will end up being the outcome Glenn McGrath always predicts. Five in Australia. Zero in England.

Due to circumstances beyond their control, decisions completely under their control and a certain general sloppiness, England is in the quagmire of ashes.


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