Joe Root has been advised by Robert Key to take inspiration from England’s 2005 Ashes series. In addition, victory ahead of the Adelaide Test. Key recalled how Michael Vaughan’s side came back from a first-match defeat to win the series. The Ashes series of 2005 is widely regarded as one of the best in cricket history. Also, the rubber was so close together. In the second Test at Edgbaston, England turned things around. Then a two-run victory in the next match. By just three wickets, the hosts won the fourth Test. The other two teams are aiming for a tie in the game. In his Evening Standard column, Key credited Vaughan’s courageous leadership for England’s dramatic in 2005. Also, Key wrote how bravely the hosts played on day one of the Edgbaston Test.
“When the Ashes are on, we speak a lot about 2005, but it’s a terrific series for England to look back on. They were pummeled at Lord’s, and everyone thought, “here we go again.” However, under Michael Vaughan‘s leadership, they decided that if they were going down, they would do so in style. On the first day at Edgbaston, the outcome was a whopping 407 points. It’s easy to believe that “we’re not as good as those folks,” and that “we can’t do that,” Robert Key said.
Furthermore, Australia’s nine-wicket Test win in the first Test. At the Gabba means England faces an uphill task to level the series. With Australia unbeaten in pink-ball Tests. Also, England needs a victory to retain any hope of regaining the urn. With the pink ball in play, Key immediately dismissed any claims that batting would be difficult. And encouraging England to play with freedom.
“Because of the pink ball, we make a big deal about batting being difficult. That makes me giggle because batting will be no more difficult here than it was on the first day at Brisbane, or at Lord’s when it’s six degrees Celsius and you’ve been jammed in on a green top. That is something England must keep in mind and play without fear,” Robert Key said.