Moeen Ali to lead England XI in warm-up against Australia XI

Dec 08, 2017, 01:37
Moeen Ali to lead England XI in warm-up against Australia XI

England's late resurgence in Adelaide gave them some hope of claiming a victory with a ground record run chase of 354 but they ultimately withered in the face of Australia's pace attack on Wednesday.

England, with six wickets in hand, needed 178 runs to win the maiden day-night Ashes test and level the series at 1-1 but fell well short of their victory target and will head to Perth 2-0 down with three matches to play.

"Joe Root, whenever he scores runs now, he leads from the front". Although England battled back on the fourth day to have an outside winning chance, the damage had been done from Root's call at the toss.

Reflecting on the result, Root was asked if he would change his decision and the 26-year-old replied: "It's easy to say that now. You've seen us in control for periods of the game, whereas I don't think that was the case last time around".

Shaun Marsh answered his critics with the only century in the pink ball Test. "If we do that well we can put more pressure on Australia than we did on this match", he said. Moeen has only two wickets in the Ashes series so far and averages 98 per wicket.

Skipper Steve Smith came in for plenty of criticism for not enforcing the follow-on and sending England back into bat a second time armed with a 215-run innings lead.

"In both test matches we have competed for a couple of days but to win against Australia in Australia we have to compete for longer than that". It has been a pretty tough 24 hours if I'm being honest.

Paceman Ball was involved in England's 10-wicket rout against Australia in the Ashes Opener but he made way for Test debutant Craig Overton for the Adelaide contest, while Crane was also in the mix but missed out. He bowled beautifully in his five for 43 in the second innings to knock over the home side for 138 and switch the momentum.

"I'd strongly disagree", he said when asked what he would say to those who believed England were heading for another whitewash. "People keep telling me that I am about to finish and retire, so I want to show them that I can keep going", he declared. "A few where we were out in the middle in the field and we thought that it's just regulation. out", Root said. But the same thing again - we haven't scored a hundred in this series yet.

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