David Warner expressed bemusement at England’s short-ball tactics that he felt “worked into our plan a bit” on an opening day of the Second Ashes Test dominated by Australia.
Australia reached stumps on 209 for two, with England’s wicketkeeper Jos Buttler dropping a pair of simple catches off Marnus Labuschagne, who is second in the ICC’s batting rankings and finished the day unbeaten on 95. Warner had made 95 earlier in the day.
After a promising morning session in which they conceded just 45 runs, England’s tactics became a little bizarre, including sustained spells of short-pitched bowling from Ben Stokes, one of five right-arm medium-fast bowlers in a samey attack.
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