England face Australia at the Adelaide Oval for the second test in the current “Ashes” series.
Following their poor showing in the first test last month, which they lost by 381 runs, the England team are out to avenge that defeat.
In the wake of the first test, they suddenly lost leading batsman Jonathan Trott, who returned to the U.K. suffering from what was termed a “stress related condition.”
According to the Daily Telegraph, team captain Alastair Cook says he feels there is a possibility that Trott could return to the squad in the future:
He and we all understand that he has a long journey back but I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t play for England again.
It was horrible seeing what he has gone through and I wish him all the luck in the world in coming back. On the last few weeks of this tour and throughout his career he has struggled at certain times.
I think he showed a huge amount of character to have performed as he has done for England.
The BBC reports that seam bowler Tim Bresnan, at 28 years old, is slated to return after recovering from a stress fracture to his back. He said, “I’m ready … I’m excited to be back and available for selection.”
The medical team sat down then and said I may not be fit for Brisbane; there’s a slim chance for Adelaide, but – if everything goes well – we can push for that. [Coach] Andy Flower was happy with that, so brought me along as a spare member of the team.
It’s been quite frustrating traveling with the guys and doing all the prep, knowing I probably wasn’t going to play any of the warm-up games.
But the lads have been great and pretty much treated me like one of the squad, so that’s been good.
There is great anticipation surrounding this match, and many people around the world are expected to watch the second battle between Australia and England live online.
But Cricket fans are wondering whether this test will be marred by “sledging”, as was the first test last month.
Sledging is a term used in cricket to describe the practice whereby some players seek to gain an advantage by insulting or verbally intimidating the opposing player. The purpose is to try to weaken the opponent’s concentration, thereby causing him to make mistakes or under perform.
It can be effective because the batsman stands within hearing range of the bowler and certain close fielders; and vice-versa. The insults may be direct or feature in conversations among fielders designed to be overheard.
Australia used this tactic during the first test, and some observers think that this may have contributed to England’s defeat.
You can judge for yourself if Australia are continuing to use sledging by watching the match live.
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