The Ashes: Nimitry Joshi looks at the build up to the second test
3rd December 2010
England hold the psychological edge as we look into the build up of this Second test at Adelaide.
England’s batting heroics in the second test have left the Australian selectors questioning if they have the correct bowling formula. Already they have recruited in pace bowlers Ryan Harris and Doug Bollinger into the squad and on the eve of this second test it looks highly likely that the so called strike bowler Mitchell Johnson who finished with figures of 0-170, may well be dropped for the second test in favour of Bollinger. Ben Hilfenhaus’s place in the second test is also doubtful as Australia look to change up their bowling line up.
England batsman Trott is being a bit more down to earth about the first test. We will take a lot of good things out of that, but I wouldn’t say there’s any advantage on either side,” Trott said.
Kevin Pietersen not wanting to be left out the limelight has gone on one of his twitter rants this time about the grounds-man at Adelaide. “What should a groundsmen make sure he does 2days out from a test match???? Cover the nets when it rains maybe???” He later followed up with: “PATHETIC!” A few months ago he also went on a twitter rampage when he was dropped from the England team.
Can England come up with the goods with the bat again? How will they cope with the change in bowling line up? Not long left to find out the 2nd test gets underway on Friday.
By Nimitray Joshi