Fast bowler Oli Robinson started off spin!
Joe Root was rushed to hospital with a lower abdomen injury. England need a spinner very much. So Robinson changed his role. David Malan later took the first wicket of his Test career in leg spin.
All in all, England are missing a spinner in Adelaide.
Former captain and current commentator Nasser Hussain has questioned England’s strategy of playing without a recognized spinner on such a pitch in Adelaide. England’s current domestic cricket is not conducive to building spinners, he reiterated.
England landed in Brisbane without two experienced pacers, Stuart Broad and James Anderson. However, left-arm spinner Jack Leach, who played as the only spinner, was attacked by the Australian batsmen. Broad-Anderson is back in Adelaide, with fast bowlers Mark Wood and spinner Leach missing out.
Nathan Lyon, the most successful off-spinner in Australian history at the Adelaide Oval, has had regular success, but no outside spinner has been able to take advantage in recent times. In 2010, Graeme Swann took 5 wickets. Since then, no spinner has taken more than two wickets in an innings at this ground except Rabichandran Ashwin, the only Indian against Australia.
However, in the Ashes, the ball was spinning on the wicket from the second day of the Adelaide Test. In the end, both Root and Malan took 2 wickets each in Australia’s second innings. Nasser Hussein therefore raised the question, if Leach is not played here, where else will be played!
Hussein wrote in his column in the Daily Mail: There is one thing to leave out the leach. But in Adelaide at 36 degrees, on dry pitch it’s a completely different matter. Seeing Oli Robinson off-spin says it all. ‘
In the first innings, he made 20 overs out of 150 overs. On the other hand, Lion has done 26 overs out of 64 overs in Australia. Hussein therefore sees the difference in the mentality of the two parties. He spoke in support of the US Alliance, but said that maintaining some independence was not the answer. And Root doesn’t believe he can bowl so well. They are also worried about playing Ben Stokes as the fourth fast bowler. By doing this, his hard work can be increased and the burden can be increased. ‘
However, the current structure of domestic cricket in England is not conducive to the development of spinners, Hussein wrote, adding that “domestic cricket is not helping in this regard.” You can’t make a spinner if you play first-class cricket in April-May or September-October (early or late summer in England). The times and the wickets I play are not good for spin at all. Lots of green pitches, where the pacers do all the work. ‘
In addition to Leach, Dom Bass is a spinner in the England squad. However, the base also came into the discussion earlier due to costly bowling. In addition, two leg-spinners Matt Parkinson and Mason Crane are on a tour of Australia with the England Lions. However, they have not yet played against Australia ‘A’ team.