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« Reply #20 on: Dec 05, 2017, 10:16PM »

Both games have been decided by a big hundred from an Australian batsman in the first innings of each game...... We have now had 4 innings without an England batsman getting close to 3 figures....  But it was a very enthralling test!
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« Reply #21 on: Dec 06, 2017, 03:43PM »

It still does not look as though Ben Stokes will make it into the English Test Team, but the fact that he has been included in England's ODI squad for the series that follows the Ashes shows the English selectors still have it in mind. Whether he plays or not will still depend on a decision from prosecutors about that brawl outside a Bristol club.
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« Reply #22 on: Dec 06, 2017, 04:22PM »

It still does not look as though Ben Stokes will make it into the English Test Team, but the fact that he has been included in England's ODI squad for the series that follows the Ashes shows the English selectors still have it in mind. Whether he plays or not will still depend on a decision from prosecutors about that brawl outside a Bristol club.

Nothing has been reported in the uk about his inclusion as the cps are still to make the decision if charges are to be made!
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« Reply #23 on: Dec 13, 2017, 06:34PM »

The Third Ashes Test match is just starting at the WACA in Perth. I originally thought it was a day/night game but I was forgetting that Perth is 3 hours behind Brisbane. Just a normal days play.

England won the toss and have chosen to bat first.

The series is on the line with this match and hopefully we can make it a 3-0 whitewash. Good!
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« Reply #24 on: Dec 14, 2017, 12:33AM »

The Third Ashes Test match is just starting at the WACA in Perth. I originally thought it was a day/night game but I was forgetting that Perth is 3 hours behind Brisbane. Just a normal days play.

England won the toss and have chosen to bat first.

The series is on the line with this match and hopefully we can make it a 3-0 whitewash. Good!


I believe England haven't won on that ground since 1978
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« Reply #25 on: Dec 14, 2017, 02:23AM »

I believe England haven't won on that ground since 1978

That's true but England played extremely well today and at stumps (10 minutes ago) they were 4 wickets for 305 runs. There was a record 5th wicket stand. Dawid Malan scored his his first Test ton.

Australia will have to work very hard for a win this time around.
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« Reply #26 on: Dec 14, 2017, 04:02AM »

That's true but England played extremely well today and at stumps (10 minutes ago) they were 4 wickets for 305 runs. There was a record 5th wicket stand. Dawid Malan scored his his first Test ton.

Australia will have to work very hard for a win this time around.

Well time for England to snatch a draw from the jaws of victory!!
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« Reply #27 on: Dec 15, 2017, 01:05AM »

England overall did very well scoring 403 in its first innings, despite losing the tailenders for very little. Now Australia is fighting hard at the crease in its first innings and a developing partnership between Smith and Khawaja.

At stumps today Australia are 3 for 203.

Anybody's game at this stage.
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« Reply #28 on: Dec 16, 2017, 02:48PM »

I think Australia are now in the box seat to win this match after a wonderful day of batting in their first innings. Captain Steve Smith is leading by example and at stumps last night was on 229, his highest Test score. Good! Batting with him is another high performer in Mitch Marsh, who is on 181. Overall, Australia is on 549 for 4, in reply to England's first innings score of 403 all out.

It did not seem to me that the English bowlers did a bad job. I think the wicket was not helping them and the Aussies were batting very carefully. There is also that home advantage factor, despite a very vocal 'Barmy Army'.

I think the best chance the Poms have today is for the weather to save them and produce a draw. There is a very strong likelihood of rain for Perth.

Incidentally, this is the very last test match for the WACA ground in Perth. After that the brand new stadium, recently opened, will be used.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/sport/cricket/results/?season=2017&competition=1964&match=41090&coverage=full&player_names=full&tabbed_innings=false&reverse_order=false

Play resumes today at 12.30 Perth time. I will not be watching because I have a gig this afternoon with the club band at the Swing Time Binary Music Club. Good! Christmas tunes, of course. I'll keep up with the scores through the afternoon and watch the last hours this evening.

 
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« Reply #29 on: Dec 17, 2017, 01:52AM »

629 -9 declared.   England 100-4. And heavy rain arrives .....it is the lack of real pace in England's bowling attack and not having a world class spinner doesn't help either......

England need to make Australia chase 120 to win...... Australia historically not good at chasing low scores.... But unfortunately at present time England don't have a Willis, Botham , Flintoff or even Stokes!
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« Reply #30 on: Dec 17, 2017, 02:23PM »

Despite the optimism in the press, I think Australia is still some way from reclaiming the Ashes. Certainly the Aussies made a good start on England's opening batsmen on day four, but a lot will depend on the weather today. This is the last day of play and England could hang around at the crease and play for a draw. Yeah, RIGHT.

At stumps England was 4-132, still 127 runs behind Australia.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/sport/cricket/results/?season=2017&competition=1964&match=41090&coverage=full&player_names=full&tabbed_innings=false&reverse_order=false
 
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« Reply #31 on: Dec 18, 2017, 12:05AM »

YOU BEAUTY! Australia has just won the third Test against England in Perth by an innings-and-41-runs, taking a 3-0 lead in the five match Series, and reclaiming the Ashes!  Good!

Although I think the play by both sides was a lot more even than the press is claiming, I do think Australia has the edge and we owe a lot to thanks to skipper Steve Smith. He has certainly progressed a lot in my opinion since his early days as captain. Clever
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« Reply #32 on: Dec 18, 2017, 07:12AM »

No one in. England is at all surprised, some good points made by various commentators that  back to back test is no use to a touring side, as any player called into the starting side will not have had any meaningful cricket for almost a month.

England where beaten by a better side, and the fact that the Australian pace attack is an average 8 miles an hour quicker has made a huge difference....also that England may have stood a slightly better chance on English singing pitches with the duke ball...but even then this side is not good enough!!
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« Reply #33 on: Dec 24, 2017, 05:23PM »

The next test starts tomorrow on Boxing Day. Since Australia has won the series, the next challenge is for a clean sweep. :-P

Personally, I think the two teams are more evenly matched than is shown by the results so far. Anyway, the Barmy Army has not given up by any means. I think this next one will be a super match.
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« Reply #34 on: Dec 26, 2017, 12:27AM »

At stumps on day 1 of the fourth test, Australia have made a good start and are 244 for 3. Good!

Openers Warner and Bancroft made 122 runs, largely off Warner's bat. Nice to see Warner back to scoring centuries.

Australia cruised along at 0-102 in the first session until the lunch break. But I think England commanded the second session, taking two wickets and conceding just 43 more runs by tea.

The scorecard reads:

Cameron Bancroft: Leg-before-wicket to Chris Woakes for 26
David Warner: Caught Jonny Bairstow, bowled James Anderson for 103
Usman Khawaja: Caught Jonny Bairstow, bowled Stuart Broad for 17
Steve Smith: Not out 65
Shaun Marsh: Not out 31


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« Reply #35 on: Dec 26, 2017, 01:17AM »

What has disappointed most here is that England have not been brave enough to make changes for this match....3-0 down almost certain to lose the remaining two matches at least try something different!!
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« Reply #36 on: Dec 26, 2017, 11:54PM »

England have hit back on the second day of the fourth test, bowling Australia out for 327. The first session today belonged to England's bowlers as the tourists claimed five scalps before lunch to halt the Aussie momentum. Steve Smith failed to add much to his overnight score, and was the first to fall on day two as he bottom-edged Tom Curran (1-65) onto his stumps.

Steve Smith dropped an edge to first slip from Alistair Cook, which would have been an important wicket. At stumps, Cook was unbeaten on 104 alongside Joe Root on 49 not out with England at 2-192, 135 runs behind Australia's first-innings total.

England have the edge at this stage of the game.
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« Reply #37 on: Dec 27, 2017, 11:49PM »

The Poms have certainly had a great day at the crease, finishing the day at 9-491 and have their noses in front for the first time in the current series.

Opening batsman Alastair Cook has scored his second double century against Australia, giving the tourists a commanding first-innings lead in the fourth Ashes Test at the MCG. He also got the highest score of any touring batsman from any country at the MCG.

Cook spent more than 10 hours at the crease for his unbeaten 244, giving England a lead of 164.

The commentators were saying that England would be in a good position to win the match if they could finish the day 100 runs ahead. So with 164 in front, they should be in a great position to go on and win the game. Not forgetting of course that there are the second innings to be played.
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« Reply #38 on: Dec 28, 2017, 04:45PM »

Day four or the fourth Ashes Test began well for the Aussies, finishing England's innings with the very first ball.

Australia then started their second innings and are 0-44 (Bancroft 21, Warner 23) and trail by 120 runs.
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« Reply #39 on: Dec 28, 2017, 09:47PM »

Just before the tea break rain halted play, with David Warner and Steve Smith trying hard to keep Australia competitive but still trailing by 61 runs. News from the ground is that it is raining even harder and play is unlikely to resume today. It looks to me like this one will be a draw. Shame for the Barmy Army because I think the Poms could maybe have won this one.

 
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