Aussie legend torches Joe Root over big Steve Smith blunder

Test cricket great Ian Chappell has stuck the boot into Joe Root, insisting the England captain would be "getting the boot" if he was playing for Australia.

Chappell's stinging critique came after England squandered their first innings advantage at Edgbaston, before being steamrolled by the Aussies in the first Test.

Root's decision to open the bowling with out-of-sorts spinner Moeen Ali on the fourth day was openly questioned, with Test legend Chappell particularly scathing.

Ali had no answer to the brilliance of Steve Smith and Travis Head, with the spinner's bizarre full-toss to Smith symptomatic of his woes.

Critics within England agree with Chappell's analysis that Root should have utilised his fast bowlers better, rather than persisting with Ali.

Chappell suggested England that would benefit from a different captain, but said he thought the hosts “didn’t have the guts” to make that call.

"I've seen him (Root) get it wrong a lot of times, and he got it wrong on the fourth morning at Edgbaston when he bowled Moeen with Broad," Chappell told Wide World of Sports.

England captain Joe Root. Pic: Getty

"I couldn't believe he started with Moeen. He could have been thinking he'd try and build up Moeen's confidence with a wicket, but it wasn't the right time for that.

"That was the game right there. If England get Smith on the fourth morning, they probably win the Test. So you had to get everything right, so to bowl Moeen was just playing into Smith's hands."

England spinner has ‘nothing to lose’

Unsurprisingly, England decided to turn to a new face in the spinning department for the second Test at Lord's, with Jack Leach insisting he has "nothing to lose" after being called up to replace Ali.

Leach looks certain to be tasked with trying to slow Smith, who scored a century in both innings last week to put England to the sword, but the Somerset man is keen not to overthink the task ahead.

"It feels like I've got nothing to lose and a lot to gain," Leach told the BBC's Sportsweek programme.

"I just want to go and do my thing."

England have called up Jack Leach into their second Test squad. Pic: Getty

Leach's last appearance at Lord's saw him famously score 92 as a nightwatchman as England overcame a dismal first innings to beat Ireland in an Ashes warm-up.England's Jack Leach says he has "nothing to lose" after being called up for the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord's.

"It feels like I've got nothing to lose and a lot to gain," Leach told the BBC's Sportsweek programme.

"I just want to go and do my thing."

Root will also be banking on paceman Jofra Archer to help give his side a different dynamic as the hosts look to square up the five-Test series.

Archer is almost certain to replace the injured Jimmy Anderson who was forced out of the match in Birmingham due to injury after four overs.

Aussies put pressure England fast bowler

Australia coach Langer has questioned how successful Archer, who starred in England's World Cup win last month, can be given his lack of recent red-ball action in such a high-pressure situation

"He's a very skilled bowler and a great athlete. But Test cricket is very different to white-ball cricket," Langer said.

"We've got to keep wearing them down, and get him back into his second or third and fourth spells."

But Archer, who will make his Test debut at Lord's said playing in a second team match for Sussex last week, where he took 6-27 and scored a century, has him ready to rip into Australia.

Jofra Archer has been named as England quick James Anderson's replacement. Pic: Getty

"I'm probably more ready than I've ever been, I think Justin Langer has another thing coming," Archer said.

"I've played a lot more red ball than I have white ball. I do think it's my preferred format anyway.

"I personally believe in Test cricket you get a lot more opportunities to redeem yourself.

"It was actually the first format I played in when I started at Sussex.

"If it's 50 overs, when you don't have a good 10-overs, that's it.

"You've got to wait till the next game. You have ample chances to do it in a red-ball game."

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