The Ashes: Stuart Broad’s dismissal of David Warner for the 13th time in Test cricket, according to Rob Key, just emphasises how “ridiculous” it was for England to leave him out of the Ashes opener in Brisbane.
Broad dismissed Warner for the eighth time in his previous seven Tests against Australia, having him caught behind for 30 on day one of the fourth Test in Sydney.
The England seamer is making only his second Ashes appearance, having bowled left out of the third Test at the MCG, which Australia won by an innings and 14 runs to retain the urn.
Former England batter Key, speaking on Sky Sports News after Australia finished a rain-soaked first day at the SCG with a score of 126-3, said: “You obviously have bogey bowlers.” I had around 18 of them!
“It was Glenn McGrath for Michael Atherton. It could have been South Africa’s Morne Morkel from around the wicket for Sir Alastair Cook or Sir Andrew Strauss.
“For David Warner, it’s Broad, which just adds to the absurdity of Broad missing the first Test in Brisbane. ‘I could really do without facing this person,’ Warner would have thought as he sat there.
“All of Warner’s preparation would have been focused on how he was going to combat and defeat Broad, as well as score runs against him – only for England to pass him up!” This just goes to illustrate how bad of a decision it was.
“Now Broad has ended up playing on the two pitches that have had the least amount of movement so far, and he has lost out on the two pitches that would have helped him a lot.”
Given England’s frail batting, Sky Sports Cricket pundit Key feels Australia, who have an unassailable 3-0 series lead after smashing triumphs in Brisbane, Adelaide, and Melbourne, will “feel very much in the game” if they can scrabble up to 250.
The young and under-pressure members of England’s batting line-up, which has topped out at 297 in six innings in this Ashes series and was rolled for just 68 at the MCG, according to former Kent captain Key, have a fantastic opportunity to prove themselves.
He stated, ” “On this field, what is a good score? You’d say anything above 350 by looking at it. A distinct topic is what constitutes a solid score against England’s batting lineup.
“England hasn’t done their worst suit yet, so Australia will feel very much in the game if they can achieve 250 against this England batting line-up – but who knows, maybe this is the time England’s batters rise to the occasion.
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