Cricket Club Issue 42 - Page 15

The Ashes Australia had 3 days to build an innings, and then a lead could they find the character to do so? Well, it looked like they’d make a good fist of things with several batsmen capable of making runs the task wasn’t impossible. Both openers scored well with Chris Rogers making 52 before being caught by Joe Root from the bowling of Ben Stokes and Warner 64 to a Stuart Broad catch again Stokes was the bowler. To a degree I’d say the crowd had been holding their breath until that point as Australia were building a decent total. Those 2 quick wickets followed by both Steve Smith out for 5 and Shaun Marsh for 2 saw them go from 112 for no wicket to 136 for 4. Stokes turned catcher for Smith returning the favour for Broad, then bowled the ball caught by Joe Root to take the wicket of Marsh. In each of the 4 innings for the Australians since the Lords debacle a different bowler has stepped up to destroy the visitors. Jimmy Anderson and Steven Finn at Edgbaston - Stuart Broad in the first innings at Trent Bridge followed by Ben Stokes in the second - he ended the innings with a pretty amazing 6 for 36 a man of the match performance without the incredible Broad figures! Once the openers had gone Adam Voges was really the only man to make a stand; he remained Not Out as the game was dragged into Day 3. I was driving to Cardiff at the moment England regained the Ashes, Mark Wood took his 3rd wicket bowling Nathan Lyons out. Australia were all out for 253 and England had won the test by an innings and 78 runs. The Ashes have been regained and in some style! A footnote to look at my current obsession - 29 wickets were taken - only 5 of them saw the batsman bowled. I’m going to be doing at tally at the end of the series - but that’s probably obvious. =