England’s failure to reclaim the Ashes in a house sequence for the primary time in virtually twenty years can partially be put all the way down to unhelpful pitches, based on the staff’s senior quick bowler James Anderson. Whereas a calf harm restricted Anderson’s involvement to bowling simply 4 overs within the first Take a look at at Edgbaston, he advised that the enjoying surfaces have higher suited Australia‘s assault and stated native groundsmen would possibly think about being “a bit of bit extra biased” in the direction of England in future.
Defeat on Anderson’s house floor of Outdated Trafford final week left England 2-1 down within the Specsavers Take a look at sequence and unable to prise again the urn from Australia. Whereas Anderson gave a nod in the direction of Steven Smith for his “phenomenal” batting – in three Take a look at appearances Smith has scored 671 runs, virtually twice as many as anybody else – he stated England had been upset by the pitches served up and that extra may very well be performed to take advantage of house benefit.
“I believe they’ve most likely suited Australia greater than us,” he stated. “I’d have appreciated to have seen a bit extra grass however that is the character of the sport right here. Whenever you’re promoting out – like Lancashire promoting out 5 days of Take a look at cricket – it is onerous to not produce a flat deck however, you realize, that is one of many frustrations from a participant’s standpoint. We go to Australia and get pitches that go well with them. They arrive over right here and get pitches that go well with them. It does not appear fairly proper.
“I assumed they had been good pitches right here in opposition to India [last year]. I assumed they weren’t inexperienced seamers however I assumed they suited us greater than India. We as a rustic do not use house benefit sufficient. Whenever you go to Australia, go to India, Sri Lanka, they put together pitches that go well with them. I really feel like we may simply be a bit of bit extra biased in the direction of our personal staff.”
Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, specifically, have led the best way for Australia, taking 24 wickets at 17.41 and 18 at 16.88 respectively – separated solely by Stuart Broad (19 at 26.63) for England. It has been a bowlers sequence normally, with solely two Australians (Smith and Marnus Labuschagne) and three Englishmen (Ben Stokes, Rory Burns and Joe Root) averaging above 30 with the bat.