Former captain Nasir Hussain took the current 2. Have questioned the selection of the England team forRa Ashes Test in Adelaide. Chasing a target of 468 runs on the fourth day, the visiting team is on the verge of losing the match by a huge margin, losing four wickets. If Australia wins, they will be 2-0 up and it will not be easy for Joe Root and Co. to return to the series.
Hossain wrote in his latest column for the Daily Mail that England made a move by leaving Jack Leach. He said Nathan Lyon getting enough turn and bounce off the deck was an alarm to England’s poor decision to take the field with four fast bowlers.
“If Jack Leach isn’t going to play on that pitch in Adelaide, when will he play? The first innings showed the difference in these sides’ attitudes to spin. Root bowled 20 of 150 overs, but then Lyon in 84 overs.” After sending 28 overs from Australia, England were dismissed.
“It’s just a completely different mindset. England clearly do not rate Leach, and believe Root can do just as well with the ball,” wrote Hussain.
The former England captain shed light on fast bowler Ollie Robinson’s off-spin bowling in Australia’s second innings on the fourth day. They didn’t get any wickets, but that solved a bit of England’s slow over-rate problem. The lack of a regular spinner also forced Root to use David Malan, who also managed to get a wicket.
“I have all the admiration for Lyon. It is bloody difficult to bowl finger spin in Australia, but he has become an amazing bowler and has over 400 Test wickets to his name. He bowls England left-arm ball after ball. was hitting, and he was like a right-handed batsman in Ollie Pope in the first innings.
“Seeing Ollie Robinson bowling off spin is all it takes. Joe Root not only had to play the role of the spinner, but England had to turn to a seamer to bowl the spin with David Malan’s occasional leg spin to fill the gap in the attack,” said Hussain.