England stare into the barrel of a 2-0 lag at The Ashes after another disappointing day in Adelaide

England stare into the barrel of a 2-0 lag at The Ashes after another disappointing day in Adelaide

It would be inaccurate to say that England’s troubles in the Ashes are entirely self-made.

Australia, let’s not forget, is a good test team, with three world-class players in Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith and David Warner and a bowling attack from the top of the stairs, albeit exhausted in this game by the forced absences of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

Man versus man, it’s hard to argue that Australia isn’t the best side.

Marnus Labuschagne is part of the strong Australia squad

Marnus Labuschagne is part of the strong Australia squad

Australia is also accustomed to these conditions and England simply is not, as Covid quarantine has severely hampered tourist preparations, lack of meaningful warm-up matches and then rain, lots of rain and battered the indoor training fixtures they have set.

It’s not the exact setting for the series before facing the super-challenger Sir Andrew Strauss that the 2010/11 Ashes competition winners enjoy, is it?

Strauss’ men were excited for battle, and Joe Root mixed with battle. The Strauss side was ready to heat, the root side undercooked.

England’s plan this time, of course, was to hit Australia fast. Head coach Chris Silverwood has appointed Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, and Ole Stone to be the supersonic tailors that Baggy Greens can fear. As it stands, Silverwood only has one available, Wood, with elbow and back injuries sidelining Archer and Stone respectively.

Then there are the broader issues of whether the much-criticized county structure is hampering England’s ability to win Test matches away from home, with red ball cricket pushed to the margins of the season and white ball cricket king in the middle.

Oli Pope walks after being kicked out by Nathan Lyon for five people

Oli Pope walks after being kicked out by Nathan Lyon for five people

Arguably this makes it difficult to produce a battery of fast, fierce bowlers and high-quality deer, and as a result, hitters are also accustomed to encountering bowlers of this type on good pitches.

When England faces the pace of Mitchell Stark and an amazingly managed Nathan Lyonne, it’s a world away from what they’re used to in cricket where mid-speed bowling and green courts reign supreme.

Green pitches that also make scoring an unenviable task and hardly build confidence among the hitters, as likely attested by England’s long search for players to support Root and Ben Stokes.

Again, this is not the fault of Root, his players, or Silverwood. Decisions about the structure are made above their heads, Although senior ECB officials could do worse than heed Root’s words on the domestic situation after England’s defeat abroad in India earlier this year.

So yes, the Ashes’ problems in England aren’t entirely self-made, but they also don’t help themselves with a series of controversial decisions that certainly help Australia as they come close to a 2-0 lead.

England seems to be missing Mark Wood's resting pace

England seems to be missing Mark Wood’s resting pace

The selection calls meant England eliminated both James Anderson and Stewart Broad on top of the Brisbane green, then ended up with five English-style strings on the Adelaide dry deck screaming over the point of difference Wood’s pace and some front-line spin could have provided.

write in it daily Mail column, Sky Sports CricketNasir Hussain said: “You can’t simply put all your eggs in one basket. England chose the side in Adelaide they should have played in Brisbane. They didn’t have to pick five English-type tailors just because it was a day and night test.”

Despite all the planning that Root and Selfwood England stressed prior to this trip, they’d likely be guilty of over-planning and second-guessing themselves. What they are surely guilty of is handing Australia some early Christmas presents.

Drop catches, and a run of inexpensive balls, prevented England from removing David Warner cheaper in Brisbane than the 94 he ended up making, while a number of blemishes in Adelaide allowed gum-chewing Marness Labuchagne to score 103, his sixth. Test of the century in 20 games. Wrong fields and bowling were other mistakes.

Loose hits during batting also contributed to England’s downfall, with Root rolling for 147 on opening day in Brisbane and then losing eight wickets to 74 throws on day four at The Gabba.

It was a similar story on the third day in Adelaide with a lot of hard work by Root and Dawid Malan pushing their side from 17-2 to 140-2 at dinner and then falling back by a set of avoidable wickets.

Root fiddled off the stump and laughed at Cameron Greene’s rendition he could have left. Malan cut a ball that was too close to being cut and it fell in front of Stark.

Oli Al-Baba worked perfectly with Lyon to a short distance after his lead on the field. Gus Butler – probably still on his mind after taking down Labuchagne at 21 and 95 on day one – was tempted to drive on a ball that veered at an angle around him and left for a 15-ball point.

That wicket followed Haseeb Hamid, who created Michael Nesser, until late midday on the second day. Soft dismissal, after soft dismissal for England. This Australian side is good enough already, there’s no need to decorate it with gifts.

A 2-0 score appears somewhat inevitable, although there is a forecast of rain in Adelaide on Sunday and cricket, as Stokes proved at Headingley in 2019, has the potential to wow.

If defeat is the result, England have no choice but to believe they can still clinch a 3-2 win with wins in Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart. They won’t do their jobs properly if they don’t think so.

But you can forgive England fans for their fear that it will always be the outcome Glenn McGrath predicts. Five to Australia. Nothing to England.

Through circumstances beyond their control, decisions largely under their control, and some general inaction, England is in a quagmire.

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