One of the main reasons why England lost The Ashes was Alastair Cook’s defensive approach.
Very often we have seen him set defensive fields, even for a new batsman. The tactic worked in India, it worked in England too but when you come to Australia to play against the Aussies, you just can’t be defensive and you have to aggressive with your field set ups.
There is hardly any team that is strong as the Aussies at their home and if you allow Australia even half an hour of “Loose Cricket”, they’ll grasp on to their chance and eventually win.
Cook allowed every new batsman to come and settle down and play the big knock. The English captain rather waited for the batsmen to commit mistakes which never probably happened after the first innings at The Gabba.
Michael Clarke on the other hand attacked straightaway with 3 slips, point, gully and a bold approach.
He never allowed any English batsman to settle and everyone had to earn any runs they scored. This attacking approach was what Shane Warne tipped Cook to adapt, but Cook stuck onto his plan and eventually lost.