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English Ashes bowling plans put in a spin

Justin Langer is hopeful Australia have created some selection headaches for England after dismantling a dispirited bowling attack at the Gabba.

The tourists made a bold call to leave Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad, Test cricket’s most prolific new-ball pairing in history, on the sidelines for the Ashes opener.

Left-arm spinner Jack Leach claimed the final spot in the XI ahead of Broad.

Leach endured a baptism of record-breaking fire during his first Test in Australia, logging figures of 1-102 from 13 overs after being routinely hit out of the attack throughout the hosts’ first innings.

Only two other bowlers have delivered 13 overs in a Test innings and banked a worst economy rate; neither of those did so in an Ashes Test.

The tweaker was clattered for five sixes, snapping a 156-run stand between David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne but otherwise struggling to build pressure on Australia.

Leach played four Tests in the 2019 Ashes.

He was overlooked during England’s recent home summer and is once again at risk of being axed.

“It’s one thing to talk about it (targeting the spinner), it’s another thing to have the courage to pull it off,” Langer told the Seven Network.

“I said before the series, I think one of the things where we have a massive competitive advantage is we have a world-class spinner.

“Jack Leach and Dom Bess, they’re still quite young spinners. We want to put them under pressure and then get England thinking about what their selection strategy is going to be.

“We know how important a spinner is in Australia. England like to have four quicks a lot of the time in England.

“So hopefully if we maintain that aggression, it’ll get England thinking about their selection.”

Anderson and Broad are expected to be rushed back for the second Test, which begins at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

Express pacemen Olly Stone and Jofra Archer are both missing this tour through injury, with Anderson, Broad and Craig Overton representing the only fast-bowling reserves in the current squad.

Offspinner Bess claimed 4-80 in a tour match between Australia A and England Lions, including the wickets of Mitch Marsh and Nic Maddinson.

Ben Stokes’ knee injury, which restricted the allrounder to 12 overs during Australia’s first innings that spanned 104.3 overs, is another complicating factor in the selection debate.

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