Australia’s bowlers, bowlers’ eyes, and a new game
By Chris Bickerton The Ashes will go down in cricket history as the first time that a team won a Test match without a top-order batsman.
That feat is not a stretch.
But what if it was a bit more than a match, a series, or even a single series?
That was the question that arose last week when Australia and England faced off in Sydney.
Australia needed a win, and that meant the series needed to be won by a bowling attack that could not have scored more than 30 in each innings.
In a world of bowlers who can bowl hundreds, Australia’s batting looked woefully inadequate against England.
England were playing to their strengths and could have been a force to reckon with.
England had just lost their first Test match against Australia in Adelaide, and it was going to be a hard-fought series.
The first innings was a bang.
They needed to bowl more balls to get out, and England needed to give them more.
The Australian bowlers looked comfortable enough in the conditions, but England had a couple of bowlings that needed to change.
When England took the field at Trent Bridge, they had already shown the kind of bowling they were capable of.
The Australians, who were still reeling from the loss of Tom Latham, had been bowling poorly in recent weeks.
For England, they were the best bowler in the game.
They had just beaten Australia, the Test champions of Australia, to win the series.
England needed an answer.
This is what happens when you have an answer for the ball and you don’t bowl it well.
The bowlers were all bowling well and, at the same time, England needed someone to bowl better.
So England’s bowlercy department turned to Mitchell Starc, who had not bowled a Test for England since the 2005 Ashes series in Australia.
Starc was not an obvious choice.
He was not a Test bowler, had not scored more runs in his last three Test innings, and had not played for England in more than two seasons.
But, according to the Australian selectors, he was the right man for the job.
What would it take for Starc to bowl in Australia?
He has already made his mark in England.
His recent performances in England, which have included two Test hundreds and a Test hundred, were not all down to his bowling.
He has also played a key role in the England team’s recent resurgence in the ODI format.
Starc is one of the key players for Australia’s bowling attack, and, in the Ashes series, it was his bowling that would have a big impact on the series outcome.
After his first innings, he gave a good start to the second and scored a double.
But England’s bowlercy department knew it was up to him to improve his bowling at the other end.
They called Starc into the dressing room to have him bowl, and he started off brilliantly.
He struck two of the fastest deliveries he had made for England, both of which came inside a few overs.
Then he went to the wicket, and bowled two more deliveries, this time inside the first 15 overs of the innings.
It was a nice change of pace.
At the same stage in the second innings, Starc scored a couple more runs off four balls of his own.
This was when he looked like he was going all out.
He made his first six balls of the match, and was in no doubt he could bowl the ball well.
“I had a few things in mind when I was bowling,” Starc told ESPNcricinfo.
“I thought about how I could take the ball to their wicket and I was hoping they would not bowl fast.
I also wanted to bowl a little more and see if they would let me bowl at their wickets.
And I wanted to keep that gap open so I could hit it.”
Star c aked his fifth ball and, after an extra period of rest, the ball was going.
He looked to bowl off his line, and the ball flew over his head to take a six.
It was the sort of fast-break that was something he had to improve on.
But it was not his best ball.
Instead, Star c acked a slower ball, which he thought he would hit off his own line.
Even though the ball came back over his wicket for four runs, it still ended up in his hands.
He finished the match with two runs and a wicket.
While the bowlers might not have had the best of times against England, Star was still an important player in Australia’s attack.
Australia, on the other hand, needed a better batsman for this series.
So, for England to win, they needed a bowler who could bowl better than Starc. ESPNc