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Old July 18 2013, 07:04 PM   #46
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Re: The Ashes 2013

Stumps Day 1 : Eng 289/7, Bresnan 7, Anderson 4.

Some shocking last hour batting from England has opened the door for us a little, after Bell looked to have slammed it in our faces with his third century in as many Ashes matches.

From 3/30, it was another sublime century under pressure, but when Agar went off injured and there were still a handful of overs till the new ball, Clarke, at last, threw the ball to Smith, who removed Bell with a perfect leg break.

Soon after, both Bairstow (has to be on thin ice, surely?) and Prior gave their wickets away to Smith, and suddenly we are back in the game.

Australia should be disappointed not to have knocked England over by stumps after having them 3/30. But again, not much in it - England will want to squeeze out 50 more tomorrow morning. Once again, twists and turns. Good stuff.
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Old July 19 2013, 08:38 AM   #47
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I think they had visions of the other left armed Mitch spraying them everywhere on the first morning in 2009 and seeing England sail to 0/130 at lunch, and decided to take no chances on the occasionally erratic Starc. No doubt he will be back this series.
That seems likely, on both counts. It's just odd that Pattinson seems to get a free pass while Starc's damned on little more basis, apparently, than being a lefty. Some of the crap Pattinson served up last night was as bad as anything I've seen from an Australian bowler in recent times, including that no-hoper Johnson.

As for Siddle costing us yet another wicket with yet another (very, very marginal) no-ball...really. How hard can it possibly be to get something that basic right??

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They've got a real Prisoners' Dilemma thing going on with Clarke and Watson, haven't they? It's probably not going to end till both are out of the side, but it seems we will be treated to all the ugly details as Arthur's lawyers go for the big bucks. Unfortunately, at their best, they are our two best players. I will say one thing about Watson though, he is so handy as an all-rounder. As long as he bowls, his position is probably safe.
The timing of the leaked legal papers was extraordinarily...convenient (or something) for a few of the parties involved. As for Watson, he's another who seems to get away with mediocre efforts others would be punted for. His Test batting record is very ordinary by most rational standards, and the fact his bitching was indulged and he was returned to the opener's slot he made it perfectly clear he considered his birthright still annoys me.

As you say, though, we're stuck with him for the foreseeable future. Oh, well.

Hope the last three wickets fall quickly tonight and the aforementioned Watson actually gets his batting act together for once.
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Old July 19 2013, 01:30 PM   #48
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Lunch, Day 2
England 361
Australia 1/42

Well I hope you're taking deep breaths and staying calm after the Watson dismissal OZ. Because I'm not

A typical effort from (t)Watto, cruising to 30 on a flat deck, with the bowling at his mercy, then on the stroke of lunch, planting his front foot to play a lazy shot and getting out plumb LBW to Bresnan who looked totally ineffective till that point.

Then, to ice the cake, he decides to review it Seriously, this guy is just lobotomised. Pietersen laughed in his face at the review, and rightly so. What a self-centered fool - frittering away his enormous talent like this. There was no excuse to get anything less than a ton out there after making a start in these conditions. Now Khawaja, in his comeback test has to come in under pressure. Just so frustrating.

This was England's session - allowing them to put on 70-odd this morning was a poor effort, particularly since Harris got a wicket with the first ball of the day. Congratulations to Harris, getting 5/72 in his comeback match, and thank god he did.

Seriously, there is no excuse for us not getting a lead on this wicket. If we can't, it will be pretty damning on our batsmen.
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Old July 19 2013, 03:52 PM   #49
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From 0/42 to 7/96 on a batsman's paradise.

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Old July 19 2013, 04:57 PM   #50
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Just came to check it as someone said that the Aussies had put on a completely gutless display and was just in time to see Harris sky one to Swan for the end of the Aust first innings.

Without seeing any of the battling by Australia all out for 128 seems like a pathetic display. The utter flogging they deserved in the first game looks to be a sure thing in game two with England going into their second innings. They'll surely set a massive total and the Aussie batting will no doubt fall far too easily.
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Old July 19 2013, 06:58 PM   #51
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England 3-31 thanks to three wickets to Siddle, lead Australia by 264 at Stumps on Day 2.

Siddle's burst keeps us marginally in the game, but we don't deserve to be. Our batting today was just humiliating. The lunch-tea procession would have to be our worst session of Ashes cricket since the mid-80's.

We would have to have the worst top six in international cricket. Unfortunately there's just nobody banging on the door to replace them. Really tough times - Australia looking very much like a rebuilding team in need of another rebuild.
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Old July 19 2013, 07:42 PM   #52
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Why the hell did we not enforce the follow on We better not let AUS back in the game. Looks like Bell will have to carry on his man of the series performances and get us to a target close to 350-400 for you lot to chase.
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Old July 19 2013, 10:08 PM   #53
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Why the hell did we not enforce the follow on
Having to refund all the day 5 tickets probably has nothing to do with it......
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Old July 19 2013, 10:50 PM   #54
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Watson seems to be an unusual sort of person. Petulant and extraordinarily selfish, yet arrogant and egotistical as well. How else to explain his choice to review one of the most obviously out lbws any of us are ever going to see in our lifetimes? Smith's review wasn't a lot better but he doesn't have Watson's track record. Since he won't be dropped, even though he should be, Watson should have his head kicked in. His selfishness was probably the reason Rogers elected not to opt for the DRS when he had infinitely more reason to do so than his opening "partner".

Pathetic stuff. Our inability to force the win in Cardiff in '09 effectively ended our series and the loss in Nottingham looks to have done the same. This series is only 7 days old but unless England do something extraordinarily stupid, or it pours rain for the next three days, it's over. There's no way in hell we're good enough to win three Tests in a row and that's more than likely what we'll be facing when this Test is over.

Such is life. I'm not at a place in life just now to give as much of a damn about these things as I used to, but I had hoped for a bit better than this sort of display.
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Old July 20 2013, 01:28 PM   #55
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Eng 3/114 (Root 63, Bresnan 32) lead Australia by 347 runs at Lunch on Day 3.

Absolutely nothing in that session for Australia. Our bowlers look very sore and sorry - no surprise when they get a three hour between innings! Cook will keep us out there till tea tomorrow if he can, and crush our bowlers into the dust. We are heading towards a heavy defeat now, paying the price for yesterday's profligate batting. Let's hope it stings, and this is hopefully some sort of line in the sand moment.

I agree with you OZ, cricket is small potatoes in the scheme of things, but this England team aren't invincible, and it's disappointing we are going to give up the series after 7 days of cricket, when Cook, Pietersen, Trott and Prior haven't even broken a sweat yet.
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Tea, Day 3 : ENG 4/171 (Root 97, Bell 16).

England continue their mission to crush our spirits, digging in at a couple of runs an over, in complete control of the match and realising (unlike some of the Sky commentators) that there are still seven sessions left in this match.

Root looks like he will get to his hundred. Sorry, but I still don't think he is that convincing. I know he has plundered the county attacks this summer, but he looks very streaky at test level, and should have been swallowed in the slips last night. Anyway, good luck to him. Unlike our top order he has decided to put a price on his wicket and should get his ton after a nervous tea break.
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Old July 20 2013, 04:08 PM   #57
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Root looks like he will get to his hundred. Sorry, but I still don't think he is that convincing
I agree that Root is way too young to open and despite what looks like his century score, he's been dodgy as hell so far this series.
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Old July 20 2013, 06:23 PM   #58
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Stumps, Day 3 : ENG 5/333 (Root 178, Bairstow 11).

A truly abysmal session for Australia, with Clarke throwing up the white flag this session, allowing Agar and Smith to be plundered for two hours by Bell (a fine 74) and Root, who looks like being the main beneficiary of Australia's meek surrender to the tune of 200 runs.

What were we thinking out there? Why wouldn't you take the new ball? Why allow the struggling Bairstow off the hook like that?

Unfortunately Ashton Agar's bowling doesn't look up to it just yet. Looks like Lyon will have to be recalled for the third time.

Another very tough day, and you get the feeling there will be a few more before this tour is over. Full credit to Root and England, who didn't miss the chance to twist the knife into the old enemy.
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Must admit to finding it mind-boggling that the new ball wasn't taken.

Probably bat until Lunch tomorrow, give Root the chance to get his double century and then declare with a 600+ lead.
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Old July 21 2013, 08:42 AM   #60
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About two overs' worth of deliveries aside I didn't even bother last night, to be honest. It was pretty obvious how it would pan out, and it says a great deal about our "batsmen" that someone as ordinary-looking as Root will probably clock up 200 inside the first hour tonight. As BB indicated, our bowlers had pretty much zero rest and it sounds like it showed.

Series over, basically. Unfortunate, but unsurprising. England aren't as good as some of their fans would like to believe (some of the crap in the comments sections of various newspapers has beggared belief, especially the clown who insisted this England team is the greatest side in the history of cricket ), but the class / talent gulf has been pretty evident so far. Cricket Australia's pursuit of the almighty dollar via its obsession with hit 'n' giggle rubbish (or 20/20, as everyone else calls it) has borne spectacularly rotten fruit. I don't see any way the damage done to the sport here can be undone - certainly not in the short term.

Having said that... The wheel will (hopefully) turn eventually, as it always does, but it'll be pretty painful in the meantime.
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