Ashes 2nd Test: Duckett Defends England’s Aggression As Australia Hit Back

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In reply to Australia’s first-innings total of 416, England had seized back the momentum as it raced to 188-1 during Thursday’s second day of the second Ashes Test.

Ben Duckett claimed England had no regrets about its aggressive game plan after the nature was one of several batters to fall into Australia’s short- ball trap on a dramatic day at Lord’s.

In reply to Australia’s first- innings aggregate of 416, England had seized back the instigation as it contended to 188- 1 during Thursday’s alternate day of the alternate Ashes Test.

But Duckett, Ollie Pope and Joe Root all decomposed playing needlessly attacking hook shots in response to a shower of Australia bouncers.

That reduced England to 222- 4 before captain Ben Stokes restored order with a slightly more conservative approach alongside Harry Brook as the hosts reached 278- 4 by the close of play.

Despite handing Australia a lifeline, Duckett was adamant there would be no recriminations in the England dressing room.

“I don’t lament it at all. I would have been eviscerated with myself if I had gone into my shell and gloved one to the keeper, ” Duckett said after he was caught in the deep for 98 by David Warner.

“Ten metres either side of him I would have got a hundred. I ’m not happy I got out but I ’d rather get out like that.

“There wasn’t really any discussion. No bone in that dressing room will be dissatisfied with how Pope got out. They will be eviscerated it didn’t go for six.

“Pope said ‘ I ’m going to smack it into the daises ’ and I said ‘ do it ’. He was so unlucky to get a toe end on it.

“It’s the way we play our justice. If we went into our shells and got bombed out it would be completely against the way we play. ”

Duckett’s turndown to change his go for beggared style bring him dearly as he was caught on the boundary two runs short of his hundred.

Still, he defiantly claimed England’s ‘ Bazball ’ gospel could ultimately leave Australia, formerly 1- 0 up in the five- match series, fatigued.

“We fought back so well. The way we maundered was amazing. We were going at five or six an over indeed though we lost a couple of lattices, ” Duckett said.

“We’re in a good position. However, especially with back- to- back Tests, If they keep brushing fenders with all four bowlers they’re going to be relatively tired. ”

Before, Australia batter Steve Smith scored 110 with a far more traditional approach.

Smith said Australia’s decision to switch to a short- ball policy was told by England’s aggressive inclinations and the change in rainfall conditions on Thursday.

After heavy skies that blanketed Lord’s for important of Wednesday, 24 hours latterly there was sun and easier fur conditions as a result.

“The pitch looked flat. But we had some nice tactics with some short stuff. It felt like we were in the game there, ” Smith said.

“We were setting the fields and they were taking it on. We were creating chances. The way England are playing this really aggressive brand, it was creating openings. ”

Asked if he agreed with England’s approach, Smith smiled as he said “ It was intriguing. If you get under a many you might stop doing it. They stopped a bit when Ben Stokes came by and ducked a many.

“He was the only one looking to ride them, the rest were looking to take it on.

Still, you’re going to have to get a good piece of it and we had fielders there to catch it, “ If you’re going to hit it for six. ” Know More Latest Cricket News…

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