Cricket Club Issue 42 - Page 10

The Ashes FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG The Third Test After the horror that was Day 4 of the 2nd Ashes Test at Lords I headed to Birmingham with a level of trepidation. It was highly unlikely that we’d see a repeat of England capitulating in an afternoon, but could they bounce back from a record defeat? The two captains came to the wicket and again Michael Clarke won the toss; there’s an expectation for this series that the team winning 10 Issue 42 the toss will win the match - so that was a big blow! Michael Clarke elected to bat as he did at Lords - would we see the same superb batting display by his team? Chris Rogers and David Warner opened the batting - Rogers had retired ‘hurt’ at Lords, going down very suddenly early in the day, it was a huge concern that he was back at the crease so quickly. In spite of the fact that the Australian camp are adamant that his symptoms have not been caused by concussion it’s hard to see past that. England had made one well publicised change to their lineup, with Gary Ballance taking the brunt of the criticism for a whole team failure and being dropped Jonny Bairstow a fellow Yorkshireman replaced him. I was surprised, yet pleased to see the towering figure of Steven Finn in the field in place of Mark Wood, that change I hadn’t heard of. He’d been treated very badly in Australia in 2013, with his action being messed about with, he saw no Ashes play at all! In this ‘New England’ set up it would be inter \