Australia has landed in Manchester Test with big changes
Australian giants are raising questions on Pat Cummins’s decision
New Delhi. The fourth Test of the fourth Ashes series between England and Australia is being played in Manchester. England won the toss and elected to bowl first in this Test. Australia’s first innings ended on 317 runs. Mitchell Marsh and Marnus Labushen hit half-centuries. Australia has made a big change in its playing-11 for this test. After 11 years, the Australian team has landed without a specialist spinner. Earlier in the 2012 Perth Test match, Australia did not play any spinner against India as well.
The way England off-spinner Moeen Ali troubled the Australian batsmen with his bowling on the very first day, it seems that Australia’s bet may backfire and the Kangaroo team may have to bear the brunt of this decision.
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has also questioned the spinner’s decision to appear in the Manchester Test without the Australian team management. According to Steve Waugh, Australia has made a mistake by not including the spinner in the playing-11 as the ball always turns in Manchester and the proof of this is the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne on the first day. Moin Ali had trapped Marnus in his web of spin.
Labushen tried to defend a ball from Moin Ali but the ball came inwards fast and hit Labushen’s pad. The umpire did not dismiss Labushen but English captain Ben Stokes took the review and after that Labushen had to return. Moin Ali took only one wicket in the first innings but he continued to trouble the Australian batsmen.
Moeen Ali bowled well on the first day
When the ball is spinning so much on the first day of the Manchester Test, then in the last two days, the spin bowlers can get a lot of help from the pitch and in this Test only England have to bat in the fourth innings. In such a situation, if Australia had landed with a spin bowler, it would have definitely affected the match. Australia has landed in the Manchester Test with three main fast bowlers. Nathan Lyon is injured and Todd Murphy, who played in the last Test, has not been given a chance in the fourth Test. Australia has included Josh Hazlewood and Cameron Green in the team.
Australia made a mistake by not playing spinners: Waugh
During a conversation on SEN Radio, Steve Waugh said, “I do not agree with this decision of Australia’s team management. I think it is a big mistake, especially in Manchester where the ball turns. I know the team is probably keeping the weather in mind because it could rain, you need variety in your attack and the way England play, it needs to be increased.
If we talk about the record of Manchester’s Old Trafford ground, there are two spinners among the top-6 bowlers who have taken the most wickets. Jim Lelekar has taken 27 wickets in 5 Tests while Monty Panesar has taken 25 wickets in 3 Tests. That is, spin bowlers prove to be effective here.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 20, 2023, 17:47 IST