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Not Converting Starts

“Start”, this is a really important word for a batsman. If you get a good start to your inning, you’ll go big. The case was opposite with the England batsmen.

Everyone got starts and looked in great touch at different points in the series in the start of their inning, but only a few of the Brits were able to convert that start.

From the first innings at The Gabba to their last inning at Melbourne, the Englishmen kept reaching 20s, 30s and they kept getting out in the 20s and 30s.

In the case of Australia, the starts got converted into hundreds and Australia always were able to post huge totals. Ian Bell, Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root and Michael Carberry were all guilty of the same mistake; starting off in good nick but failing to build momentum.

As a result, the team total couldn’t cross even 250 in the majority of innings and England had to defend low totals which could never be made possible due to the pressure.

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