The Second Ashes Test begins tomorrow and straight away the pressure is on the Australians to rise up to the occasion as they are trailing in the series 1-0. Australia, was certainly outplayed in the first test by the Poms and suffered a huge defeat. Its high time for the Aussies to change things around and to stay alive in the Ashes.
Let’s look at the five things which Australia need to do to win the Second Ashes Test :
5. Using Nathan Lyon Effectively:
Nathan Lyon has grown leaps and bounds ever since he made his debut for Australia and recently he became the most successful Australian leg spinner during the tour of West Indies. He achieved that feat by claiming the wicket of Craig Braithwaite. Clarke, bought in the change quickly in the form of Lyon and immediately found success by picking up the wicket of England skipper. However, after the dismissal of cook Lyon wasn’t much effective as he ended up with figures of 69 runs in the 20 overs he bowled and just took 2 wickets. Lyon, was mighty impressive in the second innings of the match and dismissed four England batsman and ended up with figures of 4-75 in the 20.1 overs he bowled. But his efforts was in vain as Australia went on to lose the Match. Clarke should use his spinner intelligently in the crucial phases of the game and he should step up to the occasion in the all important Second Ashes test.
4. Managing the work load of the pacers:
The Australian pace attack really looked ordinary with Mitchell Starc being the only bowler who claimed a five wicket haul but he also went for plenty of runs. Johnson who seemed to be a threat for the Poms never looked threatening as he went wicket-less in the first innings and took just two wickets in the second innings. Josh Hazlewood looked impressive as he hit the right areas quite consistently and was rewarded with some scalps. He picked up 3 scalps in the first and 2 in the second. Johnson should strike form in the second test if Australia need any chance of putting England under pressure as he is their main strike bowler.
3. Bringing back the Aussie aggression into the game:
One of the things which lacked big time in the first test match was the Aussie aggression. Aussies are often known for playing the game very hard with solid aggression and sledging. Australia need to get back the aggression and should get under the skin of the Poms in the second test.
2. Star batters should strike form:
Michael Clarke, the skipper should strike form with the bat and should lead from the front as he looked very poor in the first test match. David Warner, should set up the innings with fire giving a brisk start to the Australian innings which he managed to do it on the consistent basis over the years. Steve Smith who is ranked as the second best batsman in the ICC test batsman rankings has been in tremendous form since the last summer against India. However, he failed to deliver in the first test and Aussies would expect him to deliver on the big stage tomorrow.
1. Dropping Shane Watson:
Shane Watson failed to deliver in the Test Arena for quite some time now and has been one of the least performers for the Aussies and its high time for the Aussies to drop him from the playing eleven. If sources are to believed Mitchell Marsh is likely to replace him in the playing eleven in the second ashes test.