England have bested Australia in almost all aspects of the game in the first two Ashes Tests, but one area where the home team will feel particularly let down is the No.6 position in the batting line-up. Luminaries such as Steve Waugh, Allan Border and even the current captain, Ricky Ponting, have occupied that position with much distinction, but the current incumbent, Marcus North, isn’t a jot on those names.
On the other hand, England’s Ian Bell has fitted into that position superbly: his 76 at the Gabba was the highest score of England’s first innings and helped them achieve a semblance of respectability, while in Adelaide he took full advantage of an already demoralised Australian attack, helping himself to anunbeaten 68. So while Australia’s No.6 has mustered 49 runs in three innings in the series so far, England’s has scored 144 and been dismissed once.
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