England’s response crumbles in Ashes collapse as Australia turns the screw | Ashes 2021-22
When English brains held Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad at the Gabba, thinking they could work their magic under lights in Adelaide, it’s fair to assume – though we might not be sure – the scenario envisioned. wasn’t the couple trying to push their team past the follow-up mark with the stick.
Yet there they were, England’s two most decorated crimps united in the middle and Mitchell Starc leaping with a new hard pink Kookaburra ball in his hand. The specialist batsmen above them had already produced their last heinous collapse, the crowd was on their feet, the famous Edwardian scorecard on the grassy hill read 220 for nine and the deficit was 253 points. The chasm seemed bigger to be honest.
Prepare to be shocked, but they didn’t quite succeed. Instead, the main bright spot in a rather horrid 16-wicket stand was Broad’s lucidity after carrying one of Jhye Richardson’s many formidable bouncers on the grille. It didn’t take long for Starc to put an end to this extreme torture before he returned to the daily work of the Old English Guard as Steve Smith, having organized England’s All-Round 236, chose to knock again.
Four years ago on this pitch, when he was Australia’s full-time captain rather than a replacement for the recently nutty Pat Cummins, Smith made the same decision and his team suffered a dose of night terrors before winning. victory.
This time a wicket fell, with David Warner self-immolating on the 13th by calling Marcus Harris for a run that wasn’t, but Australia closed 45-to-one with their lead inflated to 282.
Perhaps one of the most infuriating aspects of the latest England tour dud was their best upcoming job while the UK was still in bed. After the loss of two cheap wickets the day before and a late storm that spared any further damage, Joe Root and Dawid Malan delivered a serene first session of 123 runs under bright sunshine as they returned to the pavilion undefeated on 57 and 68 respectively. .
Root continued to climb the scale of most trials over the course of a calendar year, surpassing the marks of Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Michael Clarke to place fourth on the all-time list at 1,606, while Malan, though challenged by Nathan Lyon’s angle, lined up four on the outfield like long pots on a pool table.
Smith even betrayed some impatience when the lively Michael Neser convinced him to burn a review. At 140 for two, although still 333 behind, England had a foothold.
One of the biggest differences between the two teams in this test, however, is the variety Australia possesses even without Cummins or injured Josh Hazlewood; novelties such as a left arm, front line spinner, rhythm and height, all supported by smooth flyers with sticky hands.
In the second session, that intoxicating mix was told almost immediately, with a four-for-19 collapse triggered by giant Cameron Green’s poll line for Root to find the advantage for the second time in this series.
Arrived in a cage of six consecutive young girls shared by Green and Lyon after the break, Root’s disappearance from 62 was the eighth time in Australia that he had done half a century, without reaching triple digits.
The familiar punch from the bat summed up the England captain’s anger, a feeling that only intensified when Smith quickly turned back to Starc, Malan loosely chopped his fifth ball out of 80 and another catch flew in. the drawstring.
If the loss of two set beaters in the span of 15 minutes was bad enough, what followed was arguably more alarming. Ollie Pope has 22 caps in his testing career and yet, despite being a short, compact, decent right-hander, he does have some difficulty with the right-arm off-spin. While he properly examined one in five batting hold that flew off his elbow, the utter lack of a game plan for the admittedly wily Lyon was exposed two balls later when he danced on the pitch and cut a clean take at the short leg.
Jos Buttler, the eldest of Pope’s 33 caps, continued a horror match, the guilt of these two knocking down the centurion of the first round, Marnus Labuschagne, only got worse when, 15 bullets in and again to get one, he reached a delivery that bowed across him from Starc and the edge flew back into grateful hands.
In the T20 World Cup the shooting tended to end in a four, but those short-lived talents still haven’t transferred.
Although the challenge followed Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes before the second break, a 56-point four-wicket session was a remarkable turnaround for Australia – and Lyon ended it anyway after the restart.
The pitch, a surface he helped prepare at the time, had been biting and gripping for his overcasters all day. In quick succession he hit twice, Woakes threw the ball on 24 after being bamboozled by an extra rebound and Ollie Robinson lbw for a duck.
Standing on a burning bridge, Stokes had no choice but to risk his arm at this point and although he had swept six of them, Lyon flew away gave a few English fans a highlight in the gloom , the return of the impressive Green had him knocked down the inside edge for 34, prompting Anderson’s last grumpy emergence at No.11.
England lost eight for 86, nine points better than a too similar second set to Gabba. A team that talks big totals have put up 400 on the board once in their last 20 outings, while Buttler and Robinson’s ducks have reached 48 for England this year.
They have three innings left to dodge the record, 54 set in 1998, but at this rate you wouldn’t be backing them to do it.