“Too close to call now, but time will tell…” : AB de Villiers Reacts On England’s Declaration, Warns Of Australia’s Aggressive Approach in Ashes Opener

The opening Test of the Ashes 2023 series has witnessed a twist as former South African captain AB de Villiers criticized England’s decision to declare their first innings prematurely. After setting a target of 281 runs for Australia, England failed to build a substantial lead in their second innings, causing de Villiers to question the earlier declaration. De Villiers highlighted the significance of the missed opportunity and expressed concerns about Australia’s aggressive batting approach. As the match hangs in the balance, the veteran cricketer emphasized the need for England’s bowlers to step up and seize crucial opportunities.

England surprised many when they declared their first innings on Day 1 at 393 runs, with captain Joe Root still at the crease, batting on 118. Although the decision raised eyebrows initially, England managed to restrict Australia to a seven-run deficit, silencing the critics. However, with England failing to capitalize on their lead in the second innings and being bowled out for 273 runs, questions have resurfaced regarding the timing of the declaration.

AB de Villiers took to Twitter to express his opinion on England’s declaration, suggesting that their position would have been much stronger had they not let go of around 50 runs. De Villiers raised a poll, asking fans if this decision would cost England the match. The veteran cricketer highlighted Australia’s dislike for defensive batting and warned that their aggressive approach could prove dangerous for England. He emphasized that England’s bowlers would need to work hard and capitalize on their opportunities to tilt the game in their favor.

“Personally, for me, when you play against Aus and get a chance to bat them out of the game, u do it every week. They don’t like to bat defensively. With this target, they are forced to get into strong positions and think positively. That’s dangerous. Eng will have to bowl very well and take their chances. The stage is set for a wonderful finish to this Test.” De Villiers further added.

Australia currently finds 174 runs behind the target with seven wickets in hand and a day remaining in the Test match. With the game delicately poised, the stage is set for a thrilling conclusion.

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