De­ci­sion to bowl hangs in bal­ance

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES - BY DEAN WIL­SON

JOE ROOT is bat­tling the weight of his­tory after he in­serted Aus­tralia on a ‘bel­ter’ and his bowlers let him down. The skies were grey and there was rain in the air when Root (left) de­cided to bowl first, but former Eng­land skip­per Michael Vaughan said: “When you win the toss and bowl, you want more than four.

“Eng­land didn’t start well enough. They set the tone so badly in the first hour.”

Some pun­dits were more ag­gres­sive. “You have to use your eyes,” said Shane Warne. “And that pitch is an ab­so­lute bel­ter. You have to bat first.”

Phil Tufnell saw it dif­fer­ently when he said: “Root’s de­ci­sion was a pos­i­tive, proac­tive thing. The bowlers let him down.”

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