Cricket Club Issue 42 - Page 11

The Ashes With the best batsman in the world coming in at 3 that shouldn’t have been an issue, however Steve Smith had faced only 18 balls before Alastair Cook in the slips took a great catch from the bowling of Finn! Cue ecstasy for the lively crowd at Edgbaston - was it going to be another day of jumping out of our seats as it had been in Cardiff? Michael Clarke a man under a lot of pressure as a batsman was next up - he was also the next to fall. I’d judge that the number of times we see stumps flying as a player is clean bowled is becoming a fairly rare sight; however on his 10th ball Clarke was dispatched by Finn, bails flying! Clarke had made 10 and Australia were on 34 for 3! This was all very reminiscent of Lords but rather than despair it of course brought ecstasy for the home fans. Adam Voges who hasn’t fired yet in the Ashes wasn’t to make his mark again - Anderson added to his tally as Buttler caught Voges for 16. 77 for 4! The theme continued as England demolished the Australian batting line up, Jimmy Anderson took 6 for 47 a superb response to the criticism he faced after a dry spell at Lords. Chris Rogers battled through as he saw wicket after wicket fall, he scored 52 before he was deemed to be LBW from the bowling of Stuart Broad. He was the only batsman to pass 20. Australia were all out for an amazing 136! Adam Lyth - given another chance, and Alastair Cook opened the batting for England. Lyth hasn’t managed a decent score in his test career so far and could be considered lucky to be in the team; unfortunately he failed again, scoring only 10 runs before being caught by Voges from the bowling of Josh Hazlewood. England were 19 for 1 - were we going to see another England collapse? Ian Bell joined Cook, playing on his home ground Bell was also in need of runs having had a torrid time in recent seasons. He and Cook took the score to 76 before Cook fell to an amazing catch by Voges from the bowling of Nathan Lyon; it was a shot Cook didn’t need to make, but he was unlucky with the catch. The ever popular Joe Root was next up, he and Bell looked solid at the crease. However, there seems to be something about the slower bowler that makes batsmen want to go for the big shot - Ian Bell threw his wicket away trying to hit Lyon out of the ground, the ball didn’t carry and he was caught by David Warner to the delight of the Australians. A decent 53 to his name he’d helped take England to 132 for 3. One more run was added before rain stopped play yet again, it was close to the end of the day so proceedings were halted with England a mere 3 runs behind the Australians. An exhilarating day of cricket - at least if you’re English! of Having had a showers and day almost Autumnal weather for Day 1 of the Edgbaston test a better day was promised weather wise. Could the on field antics match those of the previous day? It seems that anything is possible in this Ashes series and wow yes it was to be another cracker! England started the day in a strong position being 3 wickets down and 3 runs behind; things were looking good. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, Yorkshire team mates were at the crease. There were high expectations of Bairstow, brought in to replace Gary Ballance - a Yorkshire swap. However he’d only scored 5 runs when an incredible ball from Mitchell Johnson threatened to take his head off. He instinctively lifted his bat and the ball flew through to Peter Nevill to see Bairstow dispatched. Ben Stokes was next in, his stay was to say the least a short one, the 2nd ball he faced was another cracker from Johnson, same bat lift, same result! A second Nevill catch, a second wicket for Johnson in the same over. England were 143 for 5, A mere 6 runs ahead! Was a collapse looming? Jos Buttler joined Root and the pair steadied the ship; Joe Root scored 63 runs before he threw his bat out at a wide ball, Adam Voges www.sportip.biz 11