Australia’s opening partnership has been worth an average of 7.44 in the recently concluded Ashes series, which is the second-worst for any Australian opening pair in the history of the Ashes rivalry. The abysmal statistics clearly shows the inability of Australia’s fragile top-order to negotiate the swinging new ball.
Australia tried two different opening combinations throughout the five games but both of them failed to put up any solid resistance against Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer’s expertise. David Warner was a constant source of disappointment, as he fell a record seven times to Broad angling in from around the wicket to cramp the left-handed batsman for room on the off-stump.
Warner’s tally of 95 runs in 10 innings is the worst for any opening batter playing in all games of a five-match series. Meanwhile, Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris also could not fare much better.