Former England captain Nasser Hussain has questioned England’s tactics of going in with an all pace attack in the second Ashes Test at Adelaide. England have made surprise selections in the series so far. In the first game, they didn’t play their most experienced pacers – Stuart Broad and James Anderson, while in Adelaide, the surface which offers the most to the spinners in Australia, they didn’t pick a frontline spinner.
The lack of a spinner cost England in more than one way as they were docked Test Championship points due to slow over-rate. At the end of the day, Ollie Robinson was forced to bowl a few overs of spin.
“I’ve got complete admiration for Lyon. It’s bloody difficult bowling finger spin in Australia but he has become a wonderful bowler and has more than 400 Test wickets to his name,: Hussain was quoted by Daily Mail.
“He was beating England’s left-handers ball after ball and he was all over a right-hander in Ollie Pope like a rash in the first innings. But the ball was turning in Adelaide on day two and England chose to go into this match without a specialist spinner. It is one thing leaving Leach out in England where the Dukes ball moves all day long and four-seamers can do all the bowling. It is quite another to do it in Adelaide on that sort of dry, turning surface in 38-degree heat,” he added.
Meanwhile, England are in a dire state at the end of Day 4. They have lost 4 wickets for 82 runs and need 386 runs to win on the final day, which is out of the equation. The best England can do is to draw the Test. However, that too is a gigantic task.