Root disagrees with Broad over England’s bowling plans in second Ashes Test
England captain Joe Root has admitted his side got things wrong with the new ball in Australia 's first innings in the second Ashes Test, despite Stuart Broad insisting their tactics were right.
After losing the toss and being asked to bowl first, England's seamers bowled back-of-a-length with the new ball, a tactic which tied down Australia's batters.
David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne were able to bat long, making 95 and 103 respectively, but their runs came at a much slower pace than usual.
Warner's strike rate was significantly lower than his career strike rate, while Labuschagne's hundred was comfortably the slowest of his six Test tons.
Although England successfully contained Australia on day one, their tactics were questioned by some, with just 5% of their deliveries hitting the stumps.
Broad defended their lengths midway through the Test in his Mail on Sunday column, saying: "I think we held the game well on an opening day which returned a bit of a strange scorecard: Australia were 221 for two at the end of play and you would expect it to be something closer to 321 when losing so few wickets.
"But they didn't particularly time the ball well, the pitch didn't allow them to, and although there was an argument that we could have bowled fuller, because the ball did so little, our economy rates would have gone through the roof.
"Without movement, fuller means you're bowling genuine half-volleys and that's not a great place to be.
"As the TV coverage here has pointed out, this is the least a pitch has moved in Australia since 2014, so we held the game well in my opinion."
However, after England ended up losing the Test by 275 runs to go 2-0 down in the series, Root admitted they should have bowled fuller on day one.
He also appeared to criticise England's bowlers, suggesting they had planned to bowl fuller but simply got "caught up in the emotion of the game".
"With ball in hand, we didn't bowl the right lengths," he said. "We needed to bowl fuller. As soon as we did in the second innings, we created chances.
"That's frustrating. We did it four years ago and didn't learn from it. We have to be better.
"We talk about what length to bowl all the time. We look at the data, what's going to hit the stumps on each surface.
"It's well communicated. But it's not always as simple as that and people get caught up in the emotion of the game."
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