England is in danger of being blown away by the menacing Mitchell Johnson and Co and could lose the series 4-1. The Lord’s debacle exposed dangerous weaknesses in England’s top order. Three of the top four at Lord’s were simply not up to it, Ian Bell included.
As Scyld Berry noted in the Telegraph this morning, England’s best top order is Cook, Cook, Cook, Cook, Root and Stokes.
Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood have England’s measure, despite the deliberately doctored wickets designed to limit their effectiveness.
The sheer volume of Australia’s massive defeat in Cardiff demands immediate change with the Lord’s Test starting Thursday.
Dubbed Dad’s army pre-match, the Australians played like a bunch of old timers lulled into a false sense of security after recent walkouts in the Caribbean.
It was if the Aussies didn’t turn up,so insipid were they after an initial flurry of early wickets in the first hour of the match.
Captain Michael Clarke and fellow senior citizens Brad Haddin and Shane Watson had matches to forget… And Watson may have played his last Test should he a make way this week for the younger Mitchell Marsh.
He fell lbw twice in the match and scores of 30 and 19 and just 13 wickedness overs is damning evidence of his shaky hold on the allrounder’s position.
Clarke, too, may be passed his best. He was unconvincing in his first innings 38 and even less so in the second innings when he again fell to his nemesis Stewart Broad.
On the final afternoon Haddin was out to an old fashioned hoick, completing a miserable match which saw him make just 22 and 17 and concede 24 byes. While he did take five catches, the one he missed, Joe Root, shortly aft midday on Day 1 will live long in the memory.
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