Like many cricket fans, Shane Warne could hardly believe what England was doing when he unveiled a giant ash call Wednesday morning.
Shane Warne led a surprise chorus when England excluded both Stuart Broad and James Anderson from the first XI for the first ash test in Brisbane.
England confirmed on Tuesday that Anderson was vigilant. Tourists are aiming to keep the 39-year-old swing specialist fresh for the pink ball test in Adelaide starting December 16.
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On Wednesday morning, Captain Joe Root confirmed that Broad would also be absent after winning Toss and Batting. That said, England lacks the two most experienced bowlers and the two major wicket takers in the test.
Among them, Anderson and Broad boast a 1156 test wicket — and neither cricket expert could believe it would hit Brisbane’s bowling crease.
“It’s huge. It’s one of them, and the England think tank would have thought” let’s attack Australia first, “Warn told Fox Cricket.
“It looks cloudy with a gabber, the pitch looks green, Anderson and Broad attack together while the irons are hot. Broad had Wood in Warner, so I put them together. If you’re going to rest and keep them for as many test matches as possible, play them with the first couple.
“I would have thought I needed to play Gabber, play in Adelaide, then mix a bit to match, break and spin.
“Australia lost the test in Gabber last summer (against India) for the first time in more than 30 years. They hit them in front of Anderson and Broad, but unfortunately they (England) did. I decided to take a rest. “
Australian legend Mark War was equally confused as to why England would take part in the test for the first time in five years without Broad and Anderson.
“In fact, I was shocked because the first test was so important,” War told Fox Cricket. One of them will be played.
“Now no one is playing. That’s a big call from the selector.”
Former high-speed bowler Brett Lee said the decision would be “absolutely crazy” due to Broad’s record against Australia’s opening round, David Warner. Broad fired Warner 12 times in test cricket and made his life miserable in the final Ash series of 2019.
Much on social media has also staggered with the elimination of Broad. Steve Madeley, a British sports reporter, tweeted: Broad. “
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