The Ashes

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Holy crap. Even by English batting collapse standards that's an epic collapse
all they had to do was stand up and not get out, they had two days to get 271 runs, the openers gave them a good platform for a change and then they the whole team gets bowled out in two hours.
Is it that all the oneday/2020 cricket has made the batsmen more attack minded and more vulnerable? earlier in the series when the ashes were still in play Warner, Smith & Labuschagne played proper test innings-being really patient leaving or blocking most balls. Last two matches they went the same way. After the 3rd test they(SS & ML) were both in the top 10 in all time test batting averages. Now have dropped down a bit. https://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/282910.html
 
Yeah things have definitely got ragged from the Aus top 5 in the last two tests - maybe because there was so little at stake for the Aussies.

England are in absolute rag order - Agnew going on about “this is surely our rock bottom “. He’d want to be careful - they could fall lower again by losing tests to tier 2 sides like the West Indies in March.

They hung on for the draw in Sydney by just that last wicket - where 60 overs of Aussie bowling were lost. That’s how close they came to 5-0
 
all they had to do was stand up and not get out, they had two days to get 271 runs, the openers gave them a good platform for a change and then they the whole team gets bowled out in two hours.
Is it that all the oneday/2020 cricket has made the batsmen more attack minded and more vulnerable? earlier in the series when the ashes were still in play Warner, Smith & Labuschagne played proper test innings-being really patient leaving or blocking most balls. Last two matches they went the same way. After the 3rd test they(SS & ML) were both in the top 10 in all time test batting averages. Now have dropped down a bit. https://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/282910.html
100, T20, one day games all contributory factors to this. The complete neglect of the county scene which, let's face it, can't maintain the interest of the short form games. Players generally don't get in the habit of getting in and building an innings so they aren't equipped for test cricket. 5 day draws are a rarity and are mostly punctuated by rain delays.

That's across the board and not just England. It's just very pronounced there.

Andrew Strauss is some sort of a review.
 

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