Daily Mail UK – Over the past 48 hours I have heard plenty of comparisons between Joe Root’s decision to field in Adelaide and my fateful one to do the same thing in Brisbane 15 years ago.

Summary

  • Over the past 48 hours I have heard plenty of comparisons between Joe Root’s decision to field in Adelaide and my fateful one to do the same thing in Brisbane 15 years ago.
  • Root was let down by his new-ball bowlers, with Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes bowling too short, and they were given a lesson in the right lengths to bowl when England had that awkward passage of batting at the end of the day.
  • In England, they will bowl the tail out fairly quickly with a ball that is 60 overs old but that will not happen in Australia and we cannot say there were no warnings about the problem of dislodging the hosts’ lower order.
  • We have not really learned from our mistakes and there are no bowlers with that extra bit of pace to offer something different — it is a glaring shortcoming of English cricket.
  • What I cannot see is England going into Perth with the same make-up of a bowling attack and they may have to look to the Lions squad to see if there are reinforcements.


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