Cricket Club Issue 42 - Page 14

The Ashes FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG loud, jumping out of my seat fantastic! No Jimmy Anderson? No problem, he said Broad would step up and wow didn’t he! I have to linger on this innings as it was so remarkable Steven Finn took the wicket of Peter Nevill, the only wicket to fall with bails flying. Carrying on my theme of how few of the wickets taken have involved the ball hitting the stumps from the bowlers arm; 10 wickets - 9 catches. Now, if the Australians could be caught out for 60 would England befall the same fate? After the nightmarish 103 all out at Lords it was a thought. Adam Lyth and Alastair Cook opened the innings as they have for each of the tests so far. England were on 32 before Lyth fell to a catch by Peter Nevill from the bowling of Mitch Starc, a failure on his part again I’d judge with only 14 to his name after facing 28 balls. Ian Bell made a cameo appearance facing only 6 balls before he was out, LBW to Starc. Yikes, England were on 34 for 2. Could Day 2 be at risk? Well, Joe Root was next to the crease, I was a big fan of this lad before this summer, he plays the game with a huge smile on his face and is a joy to watch as a batsman. He has a natural talent and bats with an ease that makes hitting lots of runs look a doddle. Alastair Cook had quietly been making runs but became another victim to Starc, his 2nd LBW, Clarke left having scored 43 runs and England were on 96 for 3 - 36 ahead! Unbelievable! Joe Root was joined by his Yorkshire team mate Jonny Bairstow and the pair set about showing how to use that piece of willow in their hands. Both young batsmen provided great entertainment - unless you were an Australian that is. Much to his disappointment Bairstow was out for 74 to a great catch from David Warner, Josh Hazlewood being the bowler. The pair had pushed the score on to 269 for 4. Something of a bigger lead. Mark Wood came in as a more than capable night watchman. I have to make mention of Mitch Johnson again, he took a great deal of stick yet again, he was stood in front of where I was sitting for quite a while and was very good natured, pretending to throw his water at the crowd at one point, signing as many autographs as people, mostly children wanted and even a ‘selfie’ with 2 of my fancy dressed friends. All credit to him - he’s become a real crowd favourite. I’ve waxed lyrical about Day 1 so really haven’t left myself many words to describe Day 2 and the fact that England WON THE ASHES early on Day 3. That did need to be shouted out by the way. Joe Root finished the day on 124 and only added 6 to his total the next day becoming Starc’s 4th victim after a Nevill catch. He’d watched Wood score some classy runs at the other end, he made 28 before Starc made his 5 for - sending the bails flying! Ben Stokes with 5 and Jos Buttler 12 fell cheaply - Buttler becoming Starc’s 6th wicket - he ended the innings with 6 for 111. A great feat but not quite a match for 8 for 15. Mooen Ali came in at 9 - not bad man to be coming in considering he really is a batsman who can bowl. Stuart Broad seems to have found his mojo with the bat and the pair set about piling on more agony for the Australians. Ali made 38 before we saw the second wonder catch of the test match, I didn’t have a view of Moeen Ali so had pointed my camera at Steve Smith as the ball headed to him and he took the ball - I can relive that moment over and over again. Mitch Johnson had his solitary wicket of the innings to the delight of the largely English crowd, which is very odd! Stuart Broad made 24 and with a nervous looking Steve Finn at the opposite end Alastair Cook made the bold move of declaring with a lead of 331. Playing mind games? Oh yes, I’d say so! 14 Issue 42