England cannot make excuses for their shambolic run of batting collapses in the Ashes and must find a way to put scores on the board, reckons Dawid Malan. The batting unit combusted twice in the series opener in Brisbane and was under the cosh again on day three in Adelaide, with a weakened Australia attack snapping up eight for 86 to gain irrevocable control of the proceedings. The top-scorer from the first innings has called for himself and Joe Root to score big runs to try and wrest back the advantage in the second Test.
“It’s very easy to keep saying ‘oh, we’re unlucky; we nicked a few; we played some bad shots; this and that.’
“But we actually need to find a way of putting some runs on the board as a collective.”
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) December 18, 2021