Bazball brilliant but not be-all and end-all: Reckless England squander golden chance to put foot on Aussies’ throat

Bazball brilliant but not be-all and end-all: Reckless England squander golden chance to put foot on Aussies’ throat

For all the fawning over Ben Stokes’ captaincy and England’s revolutionary Bazball approach, they have so far squandered a golden chance to put the foot on the throat of Australia.

The wicket for this first Test is a batting paradise and if Australia continue to pile on the runs on day three, there’s every chance the hosts will not only lose their slight advantage but the first Test after being in a position of strength from the moment the coin was tossed.

Stokes has favoured batting second during his first year as captain but even he couldn’t resist the temptation to have first crack to put runs on the scoreboard with this made-to-order benign surface. 

After watching the lack of movement in the first hour of play, you would have set par for a first innings total conservatively at 400, if not 450 or more. 

After England freewheeled their way to 8-393 and declared for their bowlers to have what turned out to be a fruitless late spell at the openers on day one, the Aussies now head into day three only 82 runs behind with five wickets in hand.

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