England vs Australia, 3rd Test, Melbourne, Dec 26 – 30 2021, The Ashes
Day 1 – Australia trail by 124 runs.
Report: It seems that the Ashes contest of who wins the urn might be over in this test itself, as England continued faring badly. England were bundled out for 185, and with this score they created quite a many dubious records. This is the 12th time in 2021 that England were bowled out for a score less than 200. With opener Haseeb being out for a duck, England recorded 50 ducks in Test Cricket this year, a record in itself that no team wishes to achieve.
Jonny Bairstow has restated that “everyone is trying” after England’s weak batting order succumbed once again on the first day of the Melbourne Test, bowled out for fewer than 200. Ahead of the third Test, captain Joe Root had called for a positive change from his team after “basic mistakes” in Brisbane and Adelaide had left them 2-0 down in the series. However, Root was again left flying a lone battle.
Bairstow, who scored 35 after being recalled to the side replacing Ollie Pope, passed on the blame to losing the toss – with England also keen to bowl first on a grassy surface. But he admitted they needed to “get tougher with their batting technique”, starting with the second innings in Melbourne.
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“If you look at the toss, obviously it didn’t go our way,” he said. “That’s something, we would have also looked to have bowled in that first session. Yes, we lost a couple of early wickets but the partnership between Dawid [Malan] and Joe was really good again and naturally disappointed to lose Dawid on the stroke of lunch. That potentially changes things if that [wicket] doesn’t go down there. We’re still searching for that big score, but both teams were looking to bowl on that pitch, with the help of the conditions and a tinge of green.
“We’ve got to get a bit stronger and tougher with our dismissals. We know that, we’ve spoken about that. That’s just us being honest with ourselves. We need to keep doing that, as we saw in that second innings at Adelaide we batted for a period of time and put a lot on our wickets, when it comes to the second innings here that’s exactly what we’re going to have to do.”
“I can tell you now everyone’s trying – different methods, individual methods, individual training techniques,” Bairstow said. “Why’s it so difficult? Look, with the pink ball, we know it’s not easy with losing the toss [in Adelaide]; both sides were going to bowl first [in Melbourne], and like I mentioned it was overcast with the weather conditions this morning, and the pitch was green.
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