There was a lot of chatter among fans and experts as England entered the field in the first Ashes Test without James Anderson and Stuart Broad - 1,156 wickets and over 300 Tests in between. England lost the game by 9 wickets. The think tank reacted immediately. Both Anderson and Broad returned to the Adelaide day-night test, but the end result for England didn't change.
They lost the match by 275 runs and had to make an unlikely comeback in the remaining three Tests. As England and Australia prepare for the Boxing Day Test, former Indian wicketkeeper batter Saba Karim told that visitors cannot play both of their seasoned fast bowlers together. You should instead try to involve someone like a Mark Wood who can better take advantage of Australian conditions with their pace and jumping ability.“Whatever the conditions in Brisbane and Adelaide, maybe they didn't pick the right XI. You need to have more wicket takeing options up your sleeve. I think the biggest difference between the fast bowlers in Australia and England is this Speed. The average speed of Australian speedsters is 140-145, but the average speed of the English pacemakers is mid or early 130. On bouncing hard courts, you need paced bowlers to unsettle the rackets, "said Karim, expert on the Ashes show from Sony Sports Network.
The former constituency leader for India said Anderson and Broad did not have the best record in Australia.
In the 19 games Anderson has played in Australia, he has won 63 wickets averaging 34.79, which is well above his career average of 26. He too struggled to make a huge impact in Australia by selecting 36 wickets in his 13 Tests with a high average of 37.88.
"James Anderson and Stuart Broad's performance in Australia in recent years has not been up to date. When you have to play just pick one of them and bring someone like Mark Wood with you. I think the problem is England is facing is that "You don't really have a lot of options that over 140 bowling. Jofra Archer is injured. But you need at least two to three sailors who can bowl over 140 on a regular basis in these Australian conditions. Who do you have in the roster? It's Craig Overton. He's a good bowler but under these conditions I have my doubts, "added Karim.
Karim added, however, that England can make a comeback to the series if they make some changes to their XI and select bowlers based on conditions.
"I expect them to make a comeback but it will be a big challenge for England. Do you think if they make some changes in the XI and can be more aggressive in both hitting and bowling they can come back. I think it can is important." They're focusing on the Boxing Day Test match for now because if they look too far ahead it may be a big problem, "he said.