England ready for bouncer blitz in nets ahead of Adelaide

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    England’s tailenders are preparing for another bouncer blitz in Adelaide, with practice against the short ball the order of the day in their latest nets session.

    Despite making it clear to umpires Marais Erasmus and Aleem Dar that they felt Australia overstepped the mark in Brisbane, the tourists are getting ready for another barrage.

    Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad were first into the nets on Thursday afternoon as batting coach Mark Ramprakash put them through their paces against the short stuff.

    England’s tailenders are preparing for another bouncer blitz in Adelaide from Australia, according to James Anderson

    England’s tailenders are preparing for another bouncer blitz in Adelaide from Australia, according to James Anderson

    England were tested by the short ball at the Gabba and are getting ready for more of the same in the second Ashes Test

    England were tested by the short ball at the Gabba and are getting ready for more of the same in the second Ashes Test

    England were tested by the short ball at the Gabba and are getting ready for more of the same in the second Ashes Test

    Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad were first into the nets as batting coach Mark Ramprakash put them through their paces

    Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad were first into the nets as batting coach Mark Ramprakash put them through their paces

    Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad were first into the nets as batting coach Mark Ramprakash put them through their paces

    The local bowlers called in to test the batters even bowled off 20 yards in an attempt to make life as uncomfortable as possible for England’s lower order.

    It wasn’t just the tailenders who were prepared for a bounce attack either, with Alastair Cook and Joe Root among those also tested against the short stuff in the Adelaide heat.

    Despite the high tempo practice against dangerous bowling, there was still time for England to unwind with their traditional game of football in training. 

    It wasn't just the tailenders  either, with Alastair Cook and Joe Root among those also tested against the short stuff

    It wasn't just the tailenders  either, with Alastair Cook and Joe Root among those also tested against the short stuff

    It wasn’t just the tailenders either, with Alastair Cook and Joe Root among those also tested against the short stuff

    Root's England it clear to umpires Marais Erasmus and Aleem Dar that they felt Australia overstepped the mark in Brisbane

    Root's England it clear to umpires Marais Erasmus and Aleem Dar that they felt Australia overstepped the mark in Brisbane

    Root’s England it clear to umpires Marais Erasmus and Aleem Dar that they felt Australia overstepped the mark in Brisbane

    For Jonny Bairstow it was a welcome chance to concentrate on cricket again after recent negative headlines off the pitch

    For Jonny Bairstow it was a welcome chance to concentrate on cricket again after recent negative headlines off the pitch

    For Jonny Bairstow it was a welcome chance to concentrate on cricket again after recent negative headlines off the pitch

    ‘It’s very clear how they will attack us,’ said Anderson. ‘It’s our job to get in the nets and figure out ways of combating that.

    ‘Every run is crucial out here, and we know we’ll have to get some runs down the bottom if we’ re going to have success.’

    England lost six for 56 in their first innings at the Gabba and four for 10 in their second as the tail were exposed by Australia’s fast bowlers. 

    Cook and Trevor Bayliss chat as England plan how they can get back in the series following a 10-wicket defeat in Melbourne

    Cook and Trevor Bayliss chat as England plan how they can get back in the series following a 10-wicket defeat in Melbourne

    Cook and Trevor Bayliss chat as England plan how they can get back in the series following a 10-wicket defeat in Melbourne

    Anderson: ‘It’s very clear how they will attack us. It’s our job to get in the nets and figure out ways of combating that'

    Anderson: ‘It’s very clear how they will attack us. It’s our job to get in the nets and figure out ways of combating that'

    Anderson: ‘It’s very clear how they will attack us. It’s our job to get in the nets and figure out ways of combating that’

    Despite the high tempo practice against short bowling, there was still time to unwind with the traditional game of football

    Despite the high tempo practice against short bowling, there was still time to unwind with the traditional game of football

    Despite the high tempo practice against short bowling, there was still time to unwind with the traditional game of football

    However the umpires chose not to step in, believing that the likes of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins did not stray into the territory of intimidation bowling.

    ‘I don’t know how seriously they take that, or what constitutes dangerous bowling,’ Anderson told the BBC. ‘It’s the umpire’s personal take on it. It was mentioned to Marais in the last game but he didn’t seem to think it was too bad.

    ‘I was batting with Jake Ball in the second innings and Cummins bowled two short balls over the shoulder. There was a third very close that wasn’t given and I questioned when does it get dangerous. Marais said he was happy with it at the time.’ 

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