England’s bowling in the Sydney Test

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England’s bowling in the Sydney Test

The Ashes series is all over now and in the end it was England which ended up as a “smiling” team. England is the team which had a lot to rejoice during the Ashes series, and with the way they played during the Ashes series it seems Australia had no choice
but to lay their weapons down and wave the white flag in front of the English players. What makes the English celebrations even more interesting is the fact that they have managed to win the Ashes series after 24 years in Australia.

 One thing that worked well for the English team during the Ashes series was their bowling. The bowling is one area which has delivered well for the English side in recent times and the depth in their bowling is one factor which has added a lot of strength
in their bowling department. The Sydney Test was a classical example of England’s bowling depth as they again bowled the Aussies for a low total in their innings.

The English team was already quite pumped up after their victory in the Melbourne Test and had all the things going in their favor in the bowling department. After the Melbourne Test, number of English players had shown their desire of winning the last Test
of the series and were quite excited of ending the series on a high note. In Sydney, the English players also had a bit of luck in their favor as the overcast conditions on day one helped their bowlers to a great extent in the Match.

In the first innings, the frontline bowlers of England were right on the money and bowled with a lot discipline and control. The “discipline factor” is something English bowlers mastered quite well in the Ashes series and hardly bowled any loose spells to
give some hope to the under pressurized  Australian batting lineup. This is the most basic technique in bowling as when a bowler is doing all the basics right than it does tight down the batsmen and makes them do different type of things in order to accelerate
the run flow.

 Australia managed to make a good start of their first innings and reached 55 without a loss of any wicket. But the “fighting spirit” of the English men was not affected as they kept bowling at a decent line to the batsmen. During the Initial over’s, the
English bowlers bowled a beautiful line on the off side and made the batsmen play and miss a lot in their innings.

English bowlers were rewarded for their hard work in the initial overs, when Phil Hughes edged a delivery from Chris Tremlett to the third slip position. Chris Tremlett bowled well in the initial overs and bowled a lot of good length deliveries to the batsmen.
All the English frontline bowlers constantly Tested the Aussie batsmen and made them too uncomfortable in their batting.

The bowlers were quite successful in not letting the Aussie batsmen convert their good starts into huge totals and got them out at important times in their innings. English bowlers were in a good position to Test the Aussie batsmen in their innings as their
batsmen were already under a lot of pressure and it was the perfect time for the bowlers to do different “experiments” with their bowling.

In Australia’s first innings, Anderson went wicket less on the first day but he made good on the second day and took 4 Aussie wickets. Anderson again bowled with a lot of swing and made the Aussie lower order play a lot of shots on the off side. Tim Bresnen
was another bowler who bowled well in the first innings and bowled in all the right areas to the Aussie batsmen.

In the second innings, the English bowlers followed the same agenda and did not allow the Australian batsmen to settle in their batting. The Psychological impact was created well by the English bowlers in the first innings, and Australian batsmen were a
bit hesitant in scoring easy runs off the English bowlers in the second innings as well. Anderson again struck for England in the second innings and bowled a lot of out swingers to take 3 important wickets of the Aussies.

Swann bowled with a lot of control and took 2 wickets in the Match. But most importantly, Swann was quite successful in varying his bowling length and also did not allow the batsmen to score much runs of his bowling. A thing that English bowlers did wonderfully
in the Sydney Test was that they did not allow huge partnerships to be build during Australia’s innings, and whenever Australia seemed to be getting away with some partnership the English bowlers were quick in ending these partnerships with effective deliveries.

 All the English bowlers bowled economically in their spells and did not allow the Australian batsmen to score easy runs off their bowling. Overall, England would be proud of their bowling in the Sydney Test as they did their job in almost the best manner

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