England “haunted by decisions of captains past” as Joe Root’s side lose first Ashes Test

A lot has been product of Joe Root ‘s resolution to bat after successful the toss within the first Ashes Check on the Gabba, with England getting rolled for simply 147 of their first innings.

Comparisons have been made to Nasser Hussain’s notorious resolution to bowl first after successful the toss on the similar venue in the course of the 2002 Ashes.

On that event, Australia racked up 364-2 on day one and went on to win the sport by 384 runs.

Former England bowler Steven Finn, who took 13 wickets the final time they received the Ashes down underneath, believes Hussain’s resolution performed an element in Root opting to bat, suggesting he “might have been haunted by selections of captains previous”.

England captain Joe Root
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Talking on BBC Check Match Particular, Finn mentioned: “As a present participant I have a look at a wicket like that, particularly on the Gabba whenever you anticipate the pitch will dry out, I can see the logic in batting first.

“Trying in hindsight the very best time to bowl was the primary morning should you get by that morning unscathed you would have constructed a rating.

“I noticed sufficient at present to say if England had a 200-run lead it might have been very attention-grabbing. England might have been haunted by selections of captains previous.”

Finn went on to pick some positives from the Check for England, praising the best way the seamers bowled, Root’s partnership with Dawid Malan and Haseeb Hameed’s two promising knocks.

“I did see some very disciplined bowling within the first innings,” Finn added. “Mark Wooden bowled with actual tempo. All three seamers did very effectively.

Root’s resolution to bat first after successful the toss on the Gabba has been criticised
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“The Root-Malan partnership was excellent and set a blueprint. Haseeb Hameed solely received 20-odd in each innings however I noticed sufficient from him absorbing the stress.

“In all England’s conferences now earlier than the following Check they’ll have a look at the optimistic points of this efficiency and set the blueprint.”

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