UK View: ‘Boring, boring Aussies – response to Bazball like a ‘stubborn hangover’, Broad bemoans ‘soulless’ pitch

UK View: ‘Boring, boring Aussies –  response to Bazball like a ‘stubborn hangover’, Broad bemoans ‘soulless’ pitch

England’s early Ashes dominance is tantalisingly close for the nation’s media, crowing about a reversal of character in the two teams’ approaches, yet ruing what might have been.

While the British press corp hailed the creative thinking of captain Ben Stokes, they were also left to bemoanmissed chances, including the no-ball from Stuart Broad that gave Australia’s man of the hour Usman Khawaja a reprieve on 112.

Australia ended day two 82 runs behind with five wickets, including Khawaja’s intact. The game is tense and perfectly poised but after the excitement of Bazball on day one there was a sense of normal service resumed on day two as the Australians dug in.

Usman Khawaja of Australia celebrates his century. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Broad, writing in the Daily Mail, acknowledged “there was a bit of disappointment that we walked off with only five Australian wickets because we created more chances than that – and I was as guilty as anyone.

“It’s so f

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