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Ashes 2017/18: England Bowlers Were too Defensive with Smith – Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann, ICC World Cup 2019, Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali
Swann wants Moeen Ali for crucial New Zealand game. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The English bowlers were not up to the mark in the first Ashes Test, as Australia beat England by ten wickets to go 1-0 up in the five-match Test series at the Gabba.

Australia captain Steven Smith played an unbeaten knock of 141 runs in the first innings to give Australia an all-important 26 runs lead, as wickets tumbled on from the other end.

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However, former England off-spinner Graeme Swann feels England bowlers were too defensive while bowling to Smith, as they bowled a lot of deliveries outside the off stump hoping for Smith to make a mistake. Smith, on the other hand, has proved time and again he has a high temperament when it comes to Test matches, as he left the ball very well.

Swann further stated if the English bowlers don’t bowl at his stumps, they are taking two wicket-taking options like bowled and LBW out of the equation.

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The 38-year old Swann feels the England bowlers should target the stumps and the set the field accordingly in the upcoming Tests to get him out rather than waiting for him to make a mistake. Swann further admitted that, though Smith has convinced the rest of the world not to bowl at his stumps, however, he is not that good in front of the wicket too.

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During day three of the First Test Match of the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 25, 2017, in Brisbane, Australia.

Swann further feels any of the English bowlers are capable of picking up the wicket of Smith, as he is bound to make mistakes when a ball seams off the pitch at 80 miles.

Swann retired from international cricket in 2013 and had featured in 60 Test matches for England. He has picked up 255 wickets with the best bowling figures of 10 for 132.

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