Going into the iconic Ashes series, England are surrounded by top order concerns as they are still struggling to find efficient openers after Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook. Even in the only Test against Ireland, the struggle was clear. Since March 2014, the authorities have tried 17 players as openers with only 23 of the 123 first-wicket stands producing more than 50 runs.
Knowing the top-order struggles and class of Australia’s pace battery, England have found themselves in a dangerous situation. Head coach Trevor Bayliss had no hesitation in accepting his side’s failures. However, he urged the unit to come back hard against arch-rivals and claim glory. Ashes series is going to commence from August 1 in Birmingham.
Reflecting on England’s fruitless top-order outings, the 56-year old added, “You don’t have to be Einstein to work that out. It might be our biggest problem heading into Ashes. They have been for the last six or seven years, but it didn’t stop us (from winning the Ashes) four years ago.”