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The hosts bounced their way to a one-nil lead in the series in Brisbane, peppering England’s top order with a short-pitched assault from Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins and knocking over their tail easily.

But while Adelaide will almost certainly offer more to England’s swing bowlers, Lehmann was having none of it.

“We’ll get more joy from this drop in pitch than less and it looks a good wicket,” he said. “There’s a bit more pace and bounce in the wicket. This wicket can go through – it was the quickest wicket last year, so hopefully that’s a good sign for us.

“The way we bowled to some of their batsmen [was good] for all that I thought they played well at times, there’s no doubt about that. But certainly when the wicket quickened up it played in our favour.

“Hopefully it’s got some pace and bounce in it here.”

Starc was the chief aggressor in Australian ranks. He bowled 80 bouncers. more than Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. He caught Joe Root on the helmet in a ferocious assault late on Sunday night as the England captain and Mark Stoneman withstood a difficult last hour.

But it is against the tailenders that Starc, nicknamed The Mop by his teammates for his ability to clean up, is particularly effective with lesser batsmen unable to deal with his pace and accuracy.

Infact, three-quarters of all balls delivered to the tailenders were short.

Starc showed his liking for Adelaide and particularly the day-night conditions where the pitch speeds up to be among…



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