Former Aussie bowler Trent Copeland urges Pat Cummins’ men to work with their top limited batsmen ahead of Ashes in bid to plan funky pitches for Bazball
Australia have been asked to summon their most hard-hitting, limited hitters to their pre-Ashes training camp to plan some funky pitches for Bazball.
Trent Copeland, the former Northamptonshire fashion designer who wore the famous loose green cap three times during a career that ended two months ago, believes his compatriots need bespoke training before with the five-game series starting against England next month, citing a failure to stem Ben Stokes’ astonishing Headingley heist four years ago in his argument.
‘I personally think they should have a few sessions where they bring in guys like Chris Lynn, Matty Short coming back from the IPL, anybody else who’s out there as hitters for the Hundred, for red ball sessions against our best rapids and just start taking them on,” Copeland tweeted.
“It’s not ‘hey guys, get out of the park. But try to score points as quickly as possible doing what you do because for me the terrain won’t be your traditional four slides, gullies, mid-run and mid-run.
‘And what eluded us in the Headingley game was that the pitch didn’t just have to be a deep point – it had to be like 10 (the limit), just behind square for the biased shot on the screen sight that comes out of the outer edge and flies over the rear point.
Trent Copeland says Pat Cummins’ Australia needs bespoke training ahead of Ashes series
Copeland thinks Aussies need to involve players in their pre-Ashes preparation
“If they hit it in the middle, it’s beyond you in England, so it’s interesting where I think our preparation – maybe for bowlers only – has to be guys taking them and finding out: ok, where are the fielders…once someone shows us that plan A won’t work.
In a dozen Stokes captaincy Test matches, England imposed an attacking charge with the bat, scoring at a rate of 4.73 carries per over, equivalent to a total of 425 carries per day full game – a whopping 140 more than average. by all teams this century and 167 more than the average in Testing history.