England must play to the strengths of their seam bowling attack and stop preparing flat pitches in their duel with the Aussies as they fight to regain the Ashes.
Before the start of the five match Investec Ashes Test series, former England all-rounder and captain Ian Botham declared that England would be 'playing right into Australia's hands' by preparing flat wickets in order to ensure tests last the full five days.
There is a suspicion that the flat pitch witnessed in the most recent test at Lord's was designed both to maximise ticket sales and, more intriguingly, to negate the Australian quicks, particularly the dangerous Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc.
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The tactic backfired, with the Aussie seamers able to extract more out of the docile pitch than their English counterparts and the home team slumping to a crushing 405 run defeat.
England should play to their strengths on their home turf by preparing green pitches in order to utilise the outstanding talents of attack leader James Anderson, who is a master of swing bowling in English conditions.
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And Stuart Broad, who was showing signs of regaining the form of old after a slump in form bowled well at Lord's, but there was so little in the pitch he was unable to make significant inroads.
Alastair Cook denied in the aftermath of the crushing defeat that the pitches had been doctored to negate the Australian pace attack, but suspicions are that the order came from higher up.
England must maintain the bold approach of their youthful and innovate one day set up and be aggressive both with bat and ball.
A green wicket at Edgbaston - what some in the game term a result pitch - will appease fans and pundits alike who saw the flat wicket at Lord's as a defensive approach having gone 1-0 up in the series.
England had the proverbial foot firmly planted on Australian throats after their triumph in Cardiff, but are now back to square one after the Lord's defeat.
A lively wicket that caters to England's undoubted bowling strengths is needed for the third test match if England are to gain the win they desperately seek in order to lead the series.
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