Can England bounce back? The big talking points ahead of Adelaide's Test

Joe Root’s side are looking to bounce back in the second Test after suffering a nine-wicket defeat in Brisbane.

England will attempt to get their Ashes campaign back on track when they play Australia in the second Test at Adelaide.

Joe Root's side made an underwhelming start in their bid to regain the urn after crumbling to a nine-wicket defeat in Brisbane - but a day-night affair in South Australia could work to their advantage.

Here, the Planet Sport takes a look at what could unfold over the next few days.

Anderson back but Broad out?

England batsman Mark Wood departs after his dismissal by Australian bowler Pat Cummins for 8 runs during day 1 of the First Ashes Test between Australia and England at The Gabba, Brisbane, Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Mark Wood rattled a few Australia cages with his express 90mph-plus pace and took the key wicket of Steve Smith on the way to match figures of three for 89. While the games are coming thick and fast and Wood is managing a long-term ankle problem, there were still a few heads being scratched at the quick being left out of the 12-strong squad as James Anderson came back into the fray. Is this another instance of England overthinking their plans?

With Wood out of the equation, Australia's batters will be fed a steady diet of fast-medium seamers, with the possibility of Jack Leach's slow left-arm spin on the side. Anderson, who took his only five-wicket haul in 18 Tests in Australia in the same fixture four years ago, is set to lead the attack once again after missing out at the Gabba.

Stuart Broad was also left kicking his heels last week despite being available and might be left out again if England keep faith with Leach, with Chris Woakes the only bowler capable of batting at number eight.

England will fancy their chances if they can get some movement with the pink ball but their record in floodlit Tests away from home is grim: three games, three heavy defeats, including at Adelaide four years ago.

On that occasion, England wasted the new ball after electing to field and Australia racked up 442 before declaring. While Anderson mounted a fightback in Australia's second innings it was too little, too late.

If Anderson gets it right from the start, though - he averages an impressive 19.28 in four day-night matches - England could be in business.

Leach to be dropped?

Jack Leach England first Test

Leach was preferred to Broad in the series opener but endured a torrid time, bashed around Brisbane as he conceded an eyewatering 102 runs in just 13 overs.

While pitch curator Damian Hough indicated he expects the surface to spin, Leach's experiences last week might tempt Root to trust his own part-time offerings to go with an all-seam frontline attack.

That would bring in Broad alongside long-time opening bowling partner Anderson, two seamers with a combined 1,156 wickets, a mightily tempting option.

Weakened Australia?

Josh Hazlewood takes the wicket of Joe Root Dec21

The hosts may be 1-0 up as Pat Cummins made the ideal start to life as Australia captain but they have their own issues to contend with.

A side injury precludes the involvement of fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, with Jhye Richardson set for only his third Test outing. David Warner has been passed fit to play despite a rib injury sustained after being struck by a Ben Stokes bumper, and England could look to exploit the opener's problem this week.

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