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« on: Nov 20, 2017, 06:47PM »

The first Ashes Cricket test match gets underway here in Brisbane at the Gabba ground on Thursday.

The Poms are acting coy and are yet to indicate the make-up of their XI to face Australia. Yeah, RIGHT.

It is traditional when the Poms come to Australia for the Ashes that we give them a good pasting and that is certainly the case from some of our players and the press at the moment.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-21/ashes-nathan-lyon-says-australia-will-re-open-england-wounds/9174958?section=sport

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« Reply #1 on: Nov 23, 2017, 01:28AM »

Day 1 in the first Test match at the Gabba here in Brisbane has ended, after some rain delay, with the tourists batting at 4-196. Dawid Malan is on 28 not out and Moeen Ali on 13.

The commentators are saying that "A strong end to day one has seen Australia's bowlers take a slight edge". Personally, I think it is pretty much even-steven.

We are not expecting the weather to improve any with rain forecast for the next week. But let's see what transpires tomorrow. I am thinking we will really have a good day because the Brisbane fans will not allow anything else.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-23/vince-shines-but-aussies-finish-strongly-on-day-one-at-the-gabba/9185082
 
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 24, 2017, 12:50AM »

England continued batting this morning and were eventually all out for 302 at lunchtime.

At stumps this evening, Australia were 165 for 4 after 62 overs. I was not a particularly good day for the Australian batsmen but Skipper Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh put together a bit of a rescue effort quite late in the day.

Nobody's game yet. Yeah, RIGHT.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-24/test-delicately-poised-with-smith-marsh-rescuing-aussies/9190328
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 25, 2017, 12:37AM »

Things have turned slightly in Australia's favour towards the end of day three, after a Steve Smith century putting Australia 26 runs ahead of England with a first innings total score of 328 all out.   

Then the Poms had to bat again and the Aussies started to make inroads before stumps, taking 2 wickets for 33 runs, giving England an overall lead of seven runs.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-25/smith-century-puts-australia-in-box-seat-after-day-three/9193570
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 25, 2017, 12:47AM »

Both batting line ups seem a bit brittle, with Steve Smith being the difference between the two sides, there is no doubt that England are missing the aggressive pace and batting of Ben Stokes!
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« Reply #5 on: Nov 26, 2017, 12:06AM »

I agree about Ben Stokes. But at day four stumps today, Australia are only 56 runs away from a crushing victory over England in the first Ashes Test Match. With all our wickets standing!

Openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft produced a great start to the run chase, scoring 114 of the 170 runs needed and they did not look troubled at any time.

Captain Steve Smith did not opt for the allowed half-hour extension and the Aussies are coming back tomorrow with a possible 10-wicket win to open the Ashes series. Good!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-26/warner-and-bancroft-push-australia-close-to-victory/9194838?section=sport
 
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 26, 2017, 12:58AM »

Most cricket commentators and followers here expected Australia to win at the Gabba, Adelaide has been talked of in the build up as the must win for England it being a day night game, if not then 5-0 to Australia.

The England tail makes it pretty much 7 and out when England bat....
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 26, 2017, 09:06PM »

Australia has taken a 1-0 lead in the Ashes series with a 10-wicket win over England at the Gabba, Frankly the Australian batsmen too good for England in this match.

As mentioned, the next match is in Adelaide and is indeed a day/nighter. I hear that England do not like the Kookaburra pink ball that will be used. Must have something to do with the brand. :D
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 27, 2017, 01:48AM »

Australia has taken a 1-0 lead in the Ashes series with a 10-wicket win over England at the Gabba, Frankly the Australian batsmen too good for England in this match.

As mentioned, the next match is in Adelaide and is indeed a day/nighter. I hear that England do not like the Kookaburra pink ball that will be used. Must have something to do with the brand. :D

Well Ebgland haven't won at the Gabba for 31 years....  Kookaburra doesn't swing like the Duke ball, and gets softer quicker....and the seem is different too.....

Australia have much more experience of day night games, but this is a must win for England....  Steve Smith's 141 in the first innings was the real difference!
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 27, 2017, 01:02PM »

We wouldn't have been in the contest without Smith, but the Aussie openers delivered in the second innings unlike the first: the England bowlers weren't able to repeat their first innings plan. 

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« Reply #10 on: Nov 28, 2017, 10:29PM »

Both batting line ups seem a bit brittle, with Steve Smith being the difference between the two sides, there is no doubt that England are missing the aggressive pace and batting of Ben Stokes!

Latest news is that Ben Stokes has flown to New Zealand, supposedly to play for a Kiwi team. However, most people believe it is a scheme by England cricket's controlling body to make him available to the Ashes squad as quickly as possible if he is cleared of involvement in the street brawl that made headlines.
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« Reply #11 on: Nov 29, 2017, 01:45AM »

Latest news is that Ben Stokes has flown to New Zealand, supposedly to play for a Kiwi team. However, most people believe it is a scheme by England cricket's controlling body to make him available to the Ashes squad as quickly as possible if he is cleared of involvement in the street brawl that made headlines.

He is visiting family and may play some cricket with a local side, he broke his hand in the ' incident' and hasn't played a competitive game since.... Having seen the video of the afore mentioned incident any other person would be charged!!
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« Reply #12 on: Dec 02, 2017, 03:05PM »

The 2nd Test has started in Adelaide and at the end of the first day-night's play honours can be considered even.

England won the toss and surprisingly chose to bowl on what looked like a batsman's wicket. However, England did restrict the Aussies from forming dangerous scoring partnerships and they just had to dig in to avoid any of their now almost trademark collapses. The Aussies were 4 wickets for 209 runs at stumps last night.

Today (Sunday) will be interesting. We can expect the Aussies to continue to concentrate on not losing wickets and build the score as best they can from bowling errors, perhaps hitting the Poms harder in the evening under lights.

I am not enjoying the sledging occurring on the field and the umpires should do something about it.
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« Reply #13 on: Dec 03, 2017, 12:46AM »

Marsh has repayed the selectors on his recall, England's fielding in both this and the previous test has been lacking!

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« Reply #14 on: Dec 03, 2017, 02:47PM »

At the end of Day 2, I think Australia is in a very strong position at 442 for 8 declared. England then went into bat under lights and finished the day at 29 for 1. There were rain problems. the period time I enjoyed the most was when Australia was close to declaring and the tailenders were having a bit of a bash. Not forgetting Marsh's contribution of a vital Ashes century at a time of Aussie need. And against some good English bowling and changeable pitch conditions.

England will have to stay in all day with a good score if they are to have any chance of winning this match. I predict they will crash out. :D

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-03/ashes-test-marsh-masters-england-as-australia-surges-ahead/9221640?section=sport
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« Reply #15 on: Dec 03, 2017, 10:17PM »

England's lack of real pace in the bowling attack has been exposed in both this and previous test!

Sad to say it looks like a very one sided series..... :/
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« Reply #16 on: Dec 04, 2017, 02:14PM »

Some great bowling and fielding on day three saw the Aussies really on top in the game. At the tea break Australia had a first-innings lead of 215. I stopped watching the game, convinced that Steve Smith would enforce the follow on and make England bat again. Much to my surprise this morning I found that Australia had chosen to bat again and there was a bit of a collapse; at stumps the score being 4-53. The main English wicket taker was swing bowler James Anderson with 2 wickets for 16 runs. Eeek!

Well, today the Aussies must build on their lead and then maybe start destroying the Poms tonight under lights. The Aussies are still in a good position to win this one being 267 runs in front. But Steve Smiths' decision to bat last night was dopey. Especially as he was bowled out himself for only 6 runs. Yeah, RIGHT.
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« Reply #17 on: Dec 04, 2017, 10:12PM »

I awake to find Australia had collapsed and James Anderson has his first ever 5for in Australia...... Leaving England a very unlikely 354 to win..... May escape with a draw... But doubt that still Australia's match to lose!!
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« Reply #18 on: Dec 05, 2017, 01:45PM »

Harping back to my previous comments, I believe Australia's decision not to enforce the follow-on may ultimately give England the chance to complete a remarkable win in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide. Underlined of course by England's batting and Joe Root's great rear-guard innings last night - now on 67 not out when play recommences today.

Australia tried everything they knew in their bowling and fielding but it was just not good enough. The bowlers failed to swing the ball in the normally treacherous evening conditions, which may have been due to now having a new ball to take. England are now on 176 runs for 4 wickets. Mind you, if England does manage to score the outstanding 178 runs, it will be the most successful run chase in the history of Test cricket at Adelaide Oval.

Aussie skipper Steve Smith did not look very happy last night, his fielding placement was terrible, and I think the Poms might just pull this off. :(

Summary:
Australia First Innings - 442 for 8 declared (149.0 overs)
England First Innings - 227 all out (76.1 overs)
Australia Second Innings - 138 all out (58.0 overs)
England Second Innings - 176 for 4 (62.0 overs) still batting
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« Reply #19 on: Dec 05, 2017, 09:30PM »

3.15 here in the afternoon in Brisbane, and Australia goes two up in the test match series. Good! Although I was concerned about Australia' performance in the field, they have done well this afternoon with England falling well short on their batting at 120 runs behind.

Australia's bowling this afternoon was good, making up for what was a sorry second innings and to get skipper Steve Smith out of trouble with that ridiculous decision not to enforce the follow-on.

One more game to win and we can reclaim the Ashes, which England presently hold.

Summary:
Australia First Innings - 442 for 8 declared (149.0 overs)
England First Innings - 227 all out (76.1 overs)
Australia Second Innings - 138 all out (58.0 overs)
England Second Innings - 233 all out (84.2 overs)

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-06/australia-blitzes-england-adelaide-win-2-0-ashes-lead/9232414?section=sport
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