Thread: The Ashes 2013
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Old December 13 2013, 11:15 AM   #113
Botany Bay
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Re: The Ashes 2013

Stumps Day 1 :
AUS 6/326; Johnson 39, Smith 103.

The difference between this series and the previous bout in England is that in the clutch moments earlier in the year we would fold, but this time we will just not lie down.

Today, for example when Bailey threw his wicket (and test career?) away with a dreadful hoik off Broad, Haddin joined Smith at the crease, and once again knuckled down to save our bacon and turn the game our way. That's three times he's done it now, and in my opinion is player of the series so far. How different could those first two tests have been if Haddin hadn't stood up. Even with the way Johnson is bowling, the sub-200 scores we were headed for would not have been enough.

Today's partnership with Smith (who has probably cemented his spot today with his second test ton, and by far his best innings for Australia) absolutely broke England in that heat. They are done mentally after that. An amazing stat : Johnson now has scored more runs than any Englishman. Barring Pietersen going beserk and scoring a triple hundred or something, we can safely assume the Ashes are coming back home.
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