Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has warned England to expect another barrage of short-pitched bowling in the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval (Australia 8/13, draw 9/2, England 11/4 – Second Test Match Prices).
Australia, who are massive 1/6 favourites to win the Ashes, clinched victory in convincing fashion in the opening Test of the five-match series in Brisbane, winning by 10 wickets with a day to spare.
Captain Steve Smith, opener Cameron Bancroft and vice-skipper David Warner all impressed with the bat, making knocks of 141no, 82no and 87no respectively.
However, it was the bowling from the hosts that proved to be the decisive factor in the game, with the fierce, short-pitched balls causing havoc amongst England’s team.
Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood roughed up the opposition well with some bouncers and the trio took a combined 14 wickets en route to the easy win.
Attention now turn to Adelaide, with the second Test starting on Saturday, and Lehmann feels there is no reason to change the style of bowling after it worked so effectively in Brisbane.
“(Bowling short) certainly hasn’t changed from four years ago,” he told reporters ahead of the second Test. “It’s a bit different in Australia than England where grounds are smaller and you can’t really get away with it, on bigger grounds you can. So that’s one for us that we see as an advantage.
“They did it quite a lot to us as well, it’s a ploy a lot of people do now. At the back end when the wicket quickened up and we could go after them a bit harder was helpful. That’s the blueprint, it’s no secret we’re going to attack their middle and lower order like that.”
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