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« Reply #40 on: Dec 30, 2017, 01:46AM »

As predicted the fourth Ashes Test match against the Poms was a draw. Another century from Steve Smith helped the Aussies to bat out day five.

I guess this was England's best opportunity to get a win in the series but Smith just was not going to allow it to happen. Mitchell Marsh was batting with him at the end and his score of 29 off 166 deliveries helped to keep England well away from the Aussie tailenders.
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« Reply #41 on: Dec 30, 2017, 02:52AM »

The only winner was the MCC pitch....terrible needs to be dug up!!
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« Reply #42 on: Dec 30, 2017, 04:33PM »

Even Steve Smith was critical of the pitch.
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« Reply #43 on: Jan 03, 2018, 12:05AM »

The fifth and final Ashes Test match begins tomorrow at the SCG. Mitchell Starc is apparently fully recovered and back in Australia's starting XI.  Good!

The Poms are reading the pitch differently to the Aussies and have opted for a contrasting bowling strategy preferring to use two spinners. Don't know This is partially because allrounder Chris Woakes was ruled unavailable due to a slight strain in his left side. Included now is uncapped leg-spinner Mason Crane, who will make his debut.
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« Reply #44 on: Jan 03, 2018, 02:32AM »

The fifth and final Ashes Test match begins tomorrow at the SCG. Mitchell Starc is apparently fully recovered and back in Australia's starting XI.  Good!

The Poms are reading the pitch differently to the Aussies and have opted for a contrasting bowling strategy preferring to use two spinners. Don't know This is partially because allrounder Chris Woakes was ruled unavailable due to a slight strain in his left side. Included now is uncapped leg-spinner Mason Crane, who will make his debut.

Well it can't get much worse, so a change is as good as a rest they say..... 
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« Reply #45 on: Jan 03, 2018, 05:46PM »

Not a good start to the final Test because there was a lengthy rain delay. Then England won the toss and opted to bat with play now underway and 0 for 0.
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« Reply #46 on: Jan 04, 2018, 12:30AM »

I thought England were going real well at the crease and it would be their day. However, a couple of wickets in the last two overs would you believe Amazed, turned the tide in Australia's favour.

So, at stumps England are 5-233.
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« Reply #47 on: Jan 04, 2018, 01:30AM »

The new ball in the last 5 overs swung the day Australia's way...but it was a great day of real test cricket !
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« Reply #48 on: Jan 05, 2018, 02:06PM »

We start Day three of the last Test with Australia on 2-193 (Khawaja 91*, Smith 44*), after England was bowled out for 346. I thought England's bowling was very good and so you have to be impressed with this present Aussie partnership.

England's failure yesterday, if any, was in fielding. But I have not been greatly impressed with the fielding by either side. Yeah, RIGHT.

I think Australia's present plan it to amass a very big score and then bowl out the Poms without having to bat again. May be wishful thinking. :D
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« Reply #49 on: Jan 06, 2018, 12:27AM »

At stumps tonight, Australia had a great day at the crease with Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh guiding Australia to a big first-innings lead.

Steve Smith was out caught and bowled by Ali for 83.

Australia is 4-479 and leads by 133 runs after Khawaja's first Ashes century finished on 171.

Shaun Marsh took over from there and finished the day 98 not out, with brother Mitch at the other end on 63.

Actually, the Aussie scoring rate was quite low for most of the day at less than three runs an over. The Marsh brothers are now improving on that.

How the Aussies go tomorrow morning will determine if my previous prediction turns out to be correct.
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« Reply #50 on: Jan 06, 2018, 01:59AM »

The average scoring rate through out th,e series has been around 2.7 runs per over.......  Yest again England's top order failed to get enough runs on the board to stress the Aussie batting......

Listening to the commentators, they have been talking about how England can't win in Australian conditions...and similarly Australia haven't won in England for the same length of time!
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« Reply #51 on: Jan 06, 2018, 08:26AM »

I wonder if it's due to Coriolis Force?  The spins may not work the same way in the South as they do in the North? Don't know
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« Reply #52 on: Jan 07, 2018, 03:11AM »

I think the Aussies are doing very well and probably close to completing a 4-0 Ashes series win. They moved into an almost unbeatable position on day four of the fifth Test in Sydney.

The Aussie middle order had a great time out at the crease, especially the Marsh brothers. Later, when England batted, there was some tight difficult-to-play bowling which probably ended England's hopes of saving the Test, with their score at only 4-93.

England is still 210 runs away from making Australia bat again, having lost four wickets in the second half of the day to the Aussie quicks.

The weather did not help the Poms, with record high temperatures in Sydney. Even the Aussies toiled in extreme heat. On the ground it was up to 40 degrees Celsius. In the West of Sydney there were temps of 47 degrees. Eeek!
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« Reply #53 on: Jan 07, 2018, 04:03AM »

Australian selectors having raised a few eyebrows before the series started have been proved right in selecting the right team for the series and conditions...England's top order have not performed at all giving the under powers bowling attack a less than fair chance..... As lmodern tours do not allow for sufficient warm up matches of proper quality to  help players adjust to conditions in countries they are touring I guess it will be a continuing trend that England will struggle in Oz, and likewise the Australians will struggle in England when the duke ball is swinging like a great bigband!!

Well played Australia !
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« Reply #54 on: Jan 08, 2018, 03:57PM »

I thought I had posted the game result but it got lost somehow. Don't know Anyway, Australia won the final test by an innings and 123 runs, giving them a 4-0 series triumph. They were presented with the Ashes after the game (not the real ones, of course :D), which Joe Root, the English skipper, did not attend because he was sleeping in the dressing room.

I have got to say that the conditions during the match were very hot and, although I think the Poms suffered more, those kinds of temperatures are too much for anyone to stand. English players had to endure bowling with mid-pitch temperatures topping 50 degrees, then as soon as Australia batted, the mercury descended smoothly through the afternoon. Joe Root had been put into hospital on Day 4 due to sleepless nights, exhaustion and gastroenteritis. Pant Root had been treated in hospital overnight but made it to the ground to briefly resume his innings before England was defeated. Probably beyond the call of duty but I think he has been a very good captain during this series
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