Australia claimed an impressive 275-run victory over England in the 2nd Ashes Test and gained a 2-0 lead. Pacer Jhye Richardson took five wickets to help his team to the victory. England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler played a valiant knock, wherein he faced 207 balls but his innings came to an unfortunate end as he was dismissed hit wicket. As the two teams now prepare for third Test, England know that they need a win to keep their hopes alive of regaining the Ashes.
After going 2-0 down in the Ashes series, the England players met for a honest chat following the defeat in the second Test with senior players like captain Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, James Anderson and Stuart Broad all having their say. Meanwhile, England head coach Chris Silverwood expressed his anger during the meeting at the England batting unit.
After the defeat in 2nd Test, Joe Root's side was forced to re-watch the fall of wickets during the post match meeting. According to a report in The Guardian, Silverwood put 14 of the 20 English wickets to fall on the TV screen in the dressing room and highlighted the failures of the English batsmen to leave balls in the channel, which didn’t need playing at.
In a heated discussion, vice captain Ben Stokes was said to have strong opinions during the meeting. Meanwhile, Jos Buttler went on to point out the need for discipline and he went on to take the example of Marnus Labuschagne, who scored 103 runs from 305 balls in the first innings.
Chris Silverwood was actually annoyed and wanted a change: Mark Wood
Further, this team meeting went on to surprise a few players. The England team however, took this meeting in a positive way. They accepted the need to address how eight of their 14 wickets fell to catches between wicket keeper and gully off the seamers.
Fast bowler Mark Wood, who was rested in Adelaide shed some light on the matter and said, "We obviously review the game, things we could do better, things we’ve done well. But this was more a kick up the bum to say look we are 2-0 down now, the same mistakes keep on happening. It was a good discussion but this time it was sterner from Chris Silverwood."
He further added, "To hear [Chris Silverwood] speak like that - not because he's under pressure or anything - but to hear him speak like that rather than just being his usual coaching self, he was actually annoyed and wanted a change.
"Hopefully it comes at the right time for us to catch a spark. It could go one of two ways, but people having those brutally honest conversations and accepting that within the group is something I feel like the team are open to and respect – the fact we can speak to each other like that. I think we probably needed it.”
The third test is scheduled for 26th December which will be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground and England will try their level best to get the result in their favour.