Toss played a crucial role in England batting collapse, says Jonny Bairstow


England batter Jonny Bairstow believes the draw played a crucial role in England’s batting collapse against Australia on Boxing Day’s opening day test at Melbourne Cricket Ground, here on Sunday, claiming that his team would also have played given the favorable conditions and shade of green on the pitch.

England lost the ongoing Ashes’ first two games in Brisbane and Adelaide and failure at bat is the main reason. Their woes with the willow continued in the third test as England were eliminated for 185 in their opening innings.

Bairstow, who replaced Ollie Pope for the current test at MCG, admitted the hitters could have made a better selection of shots.

“When you watch the draw, it obviously hasn’t gone our way. We would also have looked to bowling in that first session, ”said Bairstow, as quoted by smh.com.au.

“Yes, we lost a few first wickets, but the partnership between Dawid [Malan] and Joe [Root] was really good again. We were understandably disappointed to lose Dawid at lunchtime. It potentially changes things if it doesn’t decrease then.

“We’re still looking for that big score, but both teams were looking to play on this pitch first this morning with the help of the conditions and a shade of green,” he added.

The wicket-keeper hitter also mentioned that England need to be “stronger and tougher and their team are aware of that”.

“We have to get a little stronger and tougher with our layoffs. We know it, we’ve talked about it. It’s being honest with ourselves, ”Bairstow said.

“We saw that in the second round in Adelaide, we beat for a while and put a lot [of value] at each of our counters. As for the second innings here, that’s exactly what we’re going to have to do, “he added.

Australia showed their dominance with both the bat and the ball and were in a dominant position against England at the end of day one of the Boxing Day Test. Marcus Harris (20 of 51) and Nathan Lyon (0 of 5) were unbeaten in the crease as Australia finished Day 1 at 61/1, 124 points behind.


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