Did Aussies fail to be mighty Aussies in Headingley drama?
The hottest topic of the cricketing world is the Headingley Test which provided one of the finest matches in the history of the Test cricket and of course the king rivalry The Ashes.
It was Ben Stokes who provided a magnificent day at the end for the host with yet another heroic knock which has now made the Ashes alive with both teams having one win in the first three matches.
In one angle, all can say that it was Ben Stokes who took the game away from the visitors. In other angle, it mighty be fair to stay that it was Aussies who gave away the match more easily in the last one hour of the play without much spirits.
The visitors did a more than enough job in the first innings by bowling out the hosts for just 67 runs and they were on the driver seat with a huge target of 359 for England in the fourth innings. And all was going well for Aussies in the fourth innings too until the ninth wicket.
After the ninth wicket, it feels like Aussies missed some simple tricks to secure the game. First thing they absorbed more pressure in them when the partnership went stronger and stronger and they started to show off the pressure in the field too. This is not the thing we can see usually in the Australian team and it is one point they failed to make them as mighty Aussies.
In the last minutes too, Nathan Lyon missed out a simple run out that is costed them the game which is an effect of immense pressure even though he had amble time to make a moment there. This is also a thing that is rare among the mighty Aussies.
Another issue is that bowling attack to Jack Leach. The eleventh batsman of England survived 17 ballls against the Australian bowling attack under such a high pressure conditions. Aussies missed a simple trick of attacking with yorkers to the tail ender. They targeted him with as many bouncers and length balls. There they missed some one like Mitchell Starc or Mitchell Johnson or Brett Lee for whom it will be a cake walk.
There the skipper Tim Paine also missed some thing more as a captain with his plans. He lacked trust on Pattinson in last few overs who has the capability to bowl yorkers like Mitchell Starc to wrap up the tail. Hazlewood and Lyon were frequently used and Ben Stokes looked more comfortable with both of them.
He made another mistake with going with Nathan Lyon when the needed runs were less than 20 runs. Even though the spinner trapped an lbw which could have changed the game, Stokes looked more comfortable with him as the overs progressed. Jack Leach too managed to survive the turners more comfortably.
They could have gone with fast bowlers in the both end and would have attacked continuously with bouncers and yorkers to both the batsmen where the Aussies are always a specialists in all times. In these instances was able to feel the missing of old mighty Aussies.
And Tim Paine was also in more pressure and made a huge blubder by taking a poor DRS which resulted in missing a golden chance in the very next over which would have got the game in the hand for the visitors. Summarising these things the one thing was able to feel as a cricket fan that there was something missing in the Australian team which they had in their past years.