Boxing Day Test, Australia vs England, Joe Root criticizes bowlers, James Anderson, batter, collapse, updates
The England Ashes campaign is in disarray and it looks like the dressing room can’t agree on how to turn the tide.
Joe Root aimed his stitching attack for not playing long enough following a humiliating loss in the Second Test.
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âIf we’re brutally honest we have to play bowling more,â he said.
“As soon as we did it in this second heat, we created chances.”
The comments made a lot of noise and while admitting it was a “fair” criticism, teammate James Anderson has now pointed out batsmen instead.
Writing a column for the British Telegraph, Anderson hit back at criticism from English bowlers following Root’s reality check.
âFrom a bowlers perspective, you want to hit the right lengths all the time,â Anderson wrote.
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âWe did our best the first two days to do it. I thought Australia was off to a good start and maybe we could have gone a little deeper at times, but we still created quite a few opportunities that weren’t taken.
âWe need to assess it better during a game. We can’t just go after the game, “We should have played harder.”
âIf we’re bowling too short at lunchtime we need information that says we need to push our lengths up. We also need to be a little more proactive in this regard across the group. “
Anderson then blamed some of the blame on England beaters, with the Poms guilty of collapsing far too easily in the first two tests.
“We didn’t hit well enough on a field where the data indicated it was one of Adelaide’s flattest surfaces ever and the pink ball did the least it has ever done. done in a day-night match, “he added.
âLook at the numbers. They show both sides rolled of similar lengths. They didn’t play fuller than us. But it is about the difference in techniques of the hitters. It must be because they took 20 wickets and we didn’t.
Former England fast bowler Steve Harmison said earlier in the week he feared Root’s criticism of his bowlers had divided the dressing room.
âWhat’s disturbing about Root’s comments is that his words to bowlers turn any team meeting into a batter versus bowler situation,â said Harmison, speaking on behalf of. Genting Casino.
âBowlers could see Buttler face 200 balls on a day five pitch as England only score 230 and 190 and think that’s not good enough and say ‘I won’t let anyone attack me like that . You can tell me to throw whatever you want, but you have to score a lot.
“That’s when it gets unpleasant in the locker room and all of a sudden fractions come in – there are twos and threes forming – and it’s usually the unit of bowling that stays together and tries the batsman. “
Mark Wood, however, dismissed reports of any rifts inside the camp, although like Anderson he also pointed out that the batting woes were to blame as well.
âAs a bowling group we can always improve,â he said.
âI just feel like with the stick, as we discussed in the reunion, these big slumps that we continue to have are what are costing us tryouts.
âBut it doesn’t feel like it’s a batsman versus bowlers story, with all the batsmen in one corner talking about the bowlers, and all the bowlers in the other corner talking about the batsmen.
Root also had a scathing assessment for the closed-door playgroup, described by Mark Wood as a âbutt kickâ and âdifferent from other team meetings I’ve been toâ by Anderson.