Ashes 2023, England vs Australia: Australia has started the Ashes 2023 series against England in a grand manner. After winning against India in the World Test Championship (WTC), the confidence of the Kangaroo team was already high. Under the captaincy of Pat Cummins, Australia also worked to break the pride of England’s new baseball strategy in the first Test match. Australia took a 1-0 lead in the series after winning the Edgbaston Test by 2 wickets.
Under the captaincy of Ben Stokes, the England team came out to play on the field with the same baseball strategy in which he was very successful for the last 1 year. English batsmen tried to score runs aggressively. But in this he also lost his wicket. England had to pay for this in the form of defeat. We are going to tell you about 4 such mistakes, due to which England had to face defeat in this match.
1 – Early declaration of first innings
Declaring your innings on the very first day of the Test match can be considered a part of the new baseball strategy of the England team. Even in the Edgbaston Test match, Captain Ben Stokes was seen doing something similar. When in the last session of the day, he declared the team’s first innings by scoring 393 runs at the loss of 8 wickets.
At that time Joe Root was batting after completing his century. The England team could easily reach its score beyond 400. But Captain Stokes surprised everyone by declaring the innings. The result of this was that the England team was able to get a lead of only 7 runs against Australia in the first innings.
2 – No strategy was seen against Usman Khawaja
If any one batsman from Australia troubled the most in both the innings for the England team, it was Usman Khawaja. Who scored a total of 201 runs with the bat in this test match. The England team made a strategy against Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. But his bowlers looked helpless in front of Khawaja. Khawaja has been one of the most important batsmen for the Australian team in the last 2 years. In such a situation, the English bowlers should have taken the field against them with a better strategy.
3 – There was a clear lack of leading spin bowler
The lack of a major spin bowler in the England team was clearly visible in the Edgbaston Test match. The pressure of bowling was clearly visible on Moeen Ali, who made a comeback after suddenly ending his Test cricket retirement. Due to finger injury, Moin did not look more effective either. In such a situation, before the second Test match, England should consider including a specialist spin bowler in their team.
4 – Batsmen lost their wickets at the wrong time
In the first test match, many batsmen of England started very well but they lost their wicket in the process of scoring fast runs. Innings of 32 and 46 runs were seen with the bat of Harry Brook. But he missed out on making a big score in any one innings. Its effect was also seen on England’s score.
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