England’s intent has unnerved Australia, they looked scared at Edgbaston: Ian Bell


Former England batter Ian Bell believes that England are still a better team than Australia despite their two-wicket loss at Edgbaston and said the Pat Cummins team looked scared in the first two days of the Test match.

“I’d go as far to say that Australia have more to work on,” Bell was quoted wisden.

“After the first two days at Edgbaston I was amazed how passive Australia were. It was like England used to play Ashes series in the really bad old days. Australia looked scared. I saw that in two examples.

“First, in the field setting for England’s batters in the first innings. They had sweepers out on the off- and on-side after three overs. I’d never seen anything like it and as someone who has experienced the pressure cooker of an Ashes series – I won five out of seven – being afforded an easy option for a single as a batter like that would have been unheard of.”

Bell says the only time Australia looled to fight the fire with fire was when wicketkeeper-batter Alex carey was batting in the first innings.

As I said, I think England’s intent has unnerved Australia and the only time they showed any aggression themselves was when Alex Carey was out in that extraordinary final innings,” Bell said.

“Basically, they only played in England’s style when they knew they were beaten and they had nothing to lose. Psychologically, that is fascinating. Brendon McCullum will pick up on that,” he added.

The second Test of the Ashes series will be played at Lord’s from June 28.


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