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As: Jason Gillespie identifies “Biggest bowling concern” for England

Former Australian pacemaker Jason Gillespie Sunday pointed out the mistake England made with their team selection for the first Ashes Test. Gillespie said the “biggest concern” for the visitors is not their fast bowling, but it is the spin section. England included Jack Leach in the Brisbane Test and left out veteran pacemaker Stuart Broad and James Anderson of the play-off squad for the opening Test. The decision bounced back for the team led by Joe Root, as the left-arm spinner picked just one wicket and gave away 102 in 13 overs at an economic rate of 7.8. Australia won the first match of the series of five matches by 9 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Gillespie said the home side will always face finger-turning as the sheets in Australia do not offer much turn.

“The biggest bowling concern for Joe Root is not in the seam section. That’s what they’re going to do when it comes to turning. Australians have always and will always do finger-turning because it does not offer much. Gillespie wrote in his column for

“You do not have to be Einstein to see that Jack Leach would be in line to be hit. He’s not a big spinner of the ball, the Gabba does not have big straight boundaries, so of course the Australians sought to belt him, he added.

The 46-year-old said he could not understand why England did not select a wrist-turner in their group for the Ashes series.

He also said that if the spinner Dom Bess is included in England playing XI for the second Test, the 24-year-old will receive the same treatment as Jack Leach from the Aussie batsmen.

“If Dom Bess comes in, he can expect the same treatment. I can not understand why wrist mason Crane was not selected for Australian conditions,” Gillespie wrote.

Gillespie also praised Australian spinner Nathan Lyon who crossed 400 Test wickets in the Gabba Test after taking four wickets in the second innings.


“As a finger-spinner, Nathan Lyon is an outfielder. He’s one of the greats of the game as a 400-wicket bowler, but even then they only come around every 67 balls,” Gillespie added.

The second Test is a day-evening match played from December 16 to 20 at Adelaide Oval.

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