The Ashes second test is upon us and it promises to be an exciting one as England look to take an early 2-0 lead after a narrow, but wonderful victory for the hosts. Before the first Ashes test, it was thought that England were going to dominate Australia and easily sail to comfortable victory. However, England were truly tested as they only won the first test by 14 runs following a fantastic showing from Australia’s 19 year old debutant, Ashton Agar, in the first day hitting 96 runs as an eleventh man.
For the first test, it was all down to the England bowler, James Anderson, who carried England to the victory capturing 4 wickets on the final day to see Australia go 1-0 down in the Ashes. Throughout the whole of the first test Anderson, who won man of the match, managed to get 10 wickets to place England in the driving seat. Yet, he will hope he has fully overcome the cramp he picked up on the final day last week so he is back to his full form in order to send his international side into a dominating 2-0 lead.
England Captain Alastair Cook has said that if needs be, he will make drastic decisions in order to make the squad as good as it can possibly be. Previously, England Bowler, Steven Finn, was not playing well in the first test against Australia capturing only two wickets in 25 overs, allowing the opposition score 117 during the two innings whilst he was bowling. Tim Bresnan or Graham Onions had been rumoured to be taking the place of Finn in the second test and it has just been confirmed that Bresnan will play instead of Finn.
Before this second Ashes test, there were media speculations going around saying that the Australia camp was unhappy and there was some sort of feud going on in the Australia dressing room. However, Australia wicketkeeper, Brad Haddin, had revealed that there is no feud between the Australia team and that the “Australian dressing room is fine.” Haddin continued, “The group has been fine since day one of the tour. Losing the first Test hasn’t driven us closer together, it has made us determined to win a Test.”
Former Australian wicketkeeper, Adam Gilchrist, talked about how England rely on James Anderson following his wonderful first test. “Australia hold Anderson in so much higher regard than the rest of the attack. They are very, very wary of him and concerned about how consistent he is in any conditions. Brad Haddin took a strong attack to Steven Finn and even Graeme Swann, who was off his game to an extent. That huge feeling of reliance on Anderson, maybe they can use that to their advantage when coming up against the other bowlers.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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