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5 things England can do differently to win the second Test

England were thoroughly cleaned up by Australia in the first Test.


Australia v England - First Test: Day 1
A dejected Cook walks back to the pavilion after being dismissed cheaply during the first Test

As a supporter of an underdog in any series, I'd like to see England win the second Test and go on take the Ashes series 2017/18. So, let us look at some things that England has to do differently to win:

5. Rekindle The Passion In Alastair Cook

George Dobell pointed out Cook's sudden brain freeze in the second innings. In the same article, he also points out that Cook might be losing his hunger to churn out long innings. However, I believe that this is not the case.

Cook is trying too hard to impress his coach and is moving away from his natural game, i.e. stonewalling whatever the bowlers throw at him. One of the reasons why Kevin Pietersen and England sent the Australian bowlers on a leather hunt in the 2010 Ashes was Cook's ability to soak in the pressure at the start.

To ensure that Cook (who is also known for his freakish ability to not sweat) goes back to his basics, the coaching team should encourage him to play a stonewalling role.

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