Cricket Club Issue 42 - Page 12

The Ashes FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG took a great catch, Root’s innings was done. Jos Buttler wasn’t far behind Root, he’d been at the crease for 71 minutes acting as a foil to Root he was caught LBW from the bowling of Nathan Lyon, he’d made only 9 runs. England were 190 for 7 with Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad in charge of adding runs to build a decent lead. Ali really is a batsman who bowls a bit, so his lowly batting slot at 8 really doesn’t tell the story as far as he’s concerned. Broad has had the ability to score runs and looks very batsman like, but to a degree has looked nervous at the wicket after being hit fully in the face by a ball from Varun Aaron - the ball went through his face guard leaving him looking a lot like a panda for the rest of the 2014 summer. Both men batted with determination and showed a patience and resilience some of the higher order batsmen hadn’t. Their partnership saw a very handy 87 runs added to the total. Broad showed no fear of the ball and batted well for his 31, before he was caught by Mitchell Marsh from the bowling of Josh Hazlewood. Hazlewood also despatched Ali 10 runs later with a catch from David Warner. The tail enders didn’t last very long, with Anderson’s wicket being the last to fall to yet another Nevill catch from the bowling of another Mitch - this time Starc. England were all out for 281, a score that looked unlikely after the 2 Mitch Johnson horror balls, with the lower order making up for the collapse in the middle order. Of the 20 wickets to fall in the first 2 innings, only 3 were clean bowled - and those 3 were ]\