Cricket Club Issue 42 - Page 13

The Ashes The Fourth Test The dust has settled on the 4th test at Trent Bridge and I’m still pinching myself as I’m sure lots of other people are! England won the 3rd test at Edgbaston in some style, it was exciting cricket, but my goodness that was nothing compared to what happened in Nottingham! I could sum this test up in very few words but that’s not my way. I’d been on the bus from the Park and Ride when Alastair Cook won the toss, Twitter told my fellow passengers and I that he’d put the Australians in to bat. Bowling first? Surely that was a risk? Well, we’d find out soon enough. I’m manic about arriving on time for my sport, I always try to give myself plenty of time, I think after the Australian innings a few more people might make sure they arrive on time. I was slightly perturbed that I had 3 guys in fancy dress next to me but they turned out to be really great company. As Stuart Broad took the ball I said ‘I wonder if Broad will take his 300th wicket in this over?’ - Well he not only took his 300th but his 301st too! What a start! Chris Rogers faced 3 balls before being caught by Alastair Cook - the 4 runs on the board were extras, the first Duck of the innings. In came Steve Smith, his one huge innings at Lords had elevated him to the top of the pile again as number one batsman in the world. The 3 remaining balls saw Smith score 6 runs then….. Get OUT! Joe Root taking the catch this time! Australia were on 10 for 2! Shaun Marsh brought in for his batting in place of his brother Mitch was in next, David Warner was out next. This time Mark Wood got in on the act, bowling the ball caught by Jos Buttler, Warner had a Duck and Australia were 10 for 3. I’d almost stopped noticing who was coming in there were so many going out - but Michael Clarke it was joining Marsh. Turned out the switch of brothers didn’t really work, another catch from the bowling of Broad this time by Ian Bell and another Duck. Marsh was out, Australia were 15 for 4, England had bowled 16 balls! To say there was excitement would be the understatement of the year! It was completely unbelievable! And there was yet more to come! I think that rather than give myself a near heart attack all over again I’ll summarise the rest of the Australian innings. THEY WERE ALL OUT FOR 60!!! I still find that hard to believe! Stuart Broad took 8 wickets for 15 runs! All of those were catches, with the slip cordon sharing out the spoils. The bets of this was Broad’s 8th - an amazing, instinctive catch by Ben Stokes - the look on Stuart Broad’s face as the catch was taken will be treasured by many for years! E