Thread: The Ashes 2013
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Old July 21 2013, 02:28 PM   #62
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Re: The Ashes 2013

Lunch, Day 4 : AUS 3/48 (Khawaja 8, Clarke 11), need 535 to win.

So we bagan with Joe Root looking for his double ton, but electing to play a ramp shot on 180. Interesting. Bairstow also got himself out with an almost equally terrible shot, and England had wasted 30 minutes for zero gain, other than confirming that Bairstow is a pretty ordinary batsman.

Enter Watson, who, to the shock of absolutely nobody, planted the front foot, playing across the line to Anderson to be out to an LBW so plumb that not even he bothered to review it.

What to do with Watto? His situation (and the rest of this tour) has become an exercise in crisis management. His opening spot appears untenable, but where do we go from here?

Adding to the debacle, Rogers inexplicably decided to shoulder arms to a straight one from Swann. A test to forget for Rogers, who now will be starting to wonder about his spot, like many of his teammates.

At this point, a leader would man up and come in to face Swann, or at the very least, break the sequence of left handers, but once again, Clarke decided to put his average before the interests of the team, and threw Hughes to the lions.

Inevitably, Hughes also fell to Swann, LBW to a ball doing nothing but hitting middle and leg half way up. Electing to review it just for laughs, he was promtly on his way with two runs to his name from his last three innings.

We'll soon see what kind of a coach Boof is. It's going to be quite a feat to get this team up after a performance like this.
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