Cricket Club Issue 42 - Page 4

The Ashes FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG The Ashes Deborah Knight looks back at the series so far The First Test After the disaster that was The Ashes Down Under in 2013 - if you’re English that is - it was time to start all over again, this time on English/Welsh wickets and with a Duke rather than a Kookaburra ball. Now, I’ve never played cricket but I do know that conditions and the variety of ball makes a whole heap of difference. Even with the shape the England team had been in when soundly beaten in Australia any sane cricketing person should have known that without anything having changed in the home camp, the much vaunted 5 nil for the visitors was highly unlikely! We had however had a glimpse of changes as far as England were concerned during the very enjoyable series against New Zealand. With the limited overs cricket in particular in mind it felt that the joy had returned, oh and the memory of what the piece of wood (otherwise known as a cricket bat) was for. The question would be could the change of attitude and form translate into the red ball game - and the hugely important Ashes red ball game at that? The Ashes returned to Cardiff for the first Test - and I had tickets days 3 and 4. England had won the toss and elected to bat on Day 1 - that seemed to have been a disastrous decision on a cloudy morning when England found themselves on 43 for 3 with Adam Lyth, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell losing their wickets cheaply! Listening from afar I wondered if I’d have cricket to see on Day 4! However I had no need to worry, one Joe Root came to the rescue - he 4 Issue 42 scored a wonderful 134 runs. He was kept company firstly by Gary B a l l a n c e scoring 61 he faced 149 balls hitting eight 4’s but showing his us X[