England miss the raw pace of Mark Wood as seamers toil in afternoon sun

England miss the raw pace of Mark Wood as seamers toil in afternoon sun

After a cat-and-mouse day two of the first Ashes Test, Katya Witney was at Edgbaston to reflect on England’s awkward use of their seam attack.

Ollie Robinson has been England’s most profitable revelation with the ball since he came back into the side last summer. In that time, he has taken 27 wickets in 15 innings and has only left his wicket column blank on two occasions. Tomorrow, that could become three.

His metronomic lengths made him the pick of England’s seamers in Pakistan on flatter pitches than this one. By his own admission, where he’s gone wrong for England in the past was pulling back to bowl ‘pretty lengths’.

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