Australia Versus England – England were Root(ed) from the Toss
Second Ashes Test – Adelaide Oval
December 2nd – December 6th
England supporters were crushed as their side fell short of a record win at the Adelaide Oval. Nathan Lyon delivered for Australia as he claimed five wickets, including the English skipper to spark wild celebrations.
Much was made of Joe Root’s decision to send the Australians in on the first morning of the Test. He was badly let down by his bowlers who bowled too short on the first morning, and he also has lost a frontline spinner.
England head to Perth, knowing that they need to become the first side since Don Bradman’s Australians to bounce back from a 2-0 Ashes deficit. England has not won at the WACA since 1978 The last seven Ashes Tests at the venue haven’t been right affairs, with the lowest winning margin being seven wickets and 150 runs.
England captain Joe Root believes his side are still “massively in the series” despite the results.
While having the Aussies under some pressure for a season or two, England have simply not been good enough to close out games and are beginning to resemble the rabble of the last touring English side.
Nathan Lyon predicted that a few careers could be ended before the start of the series. Alistair Cook, Moen Ali would start to feel on shaky ground if they can’t produce a solid performance in Perth. Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad are simply not quick enough to worry the Australian batsmen.
The England team will give their squad players are run against a CA XI in Perth before the Test next week at the WACA.
The home side has added Mitch Marsh to the squad. Depending on the nature of the WACA deck Marsh could possibly come into calculations in place of Peter Handscomb.
England simply needs to stand up in the contest over five days. Their batsmen need to convert starts into big hundreds. Joe Root needs to lead by example and promote himself to first drop to give his team a chance.
While the England camp tries to remain positive the numbers don’t lie. Over the last seven Ashes Tests in Australia, the English have had one century maker. He did it at the WACA and he is now playing club cricket for Canterbury in New Zealand.
Magellan Ashes Series
Australia Test squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayers.
England Test squad: Joe Root (c), James Anderson (vc), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Ben Foakes, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes.