Ashes 21/22

P_Wop

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Nine wicket defeat, despite some initial spirit in the England second innings.  But a woeful performance.  The British press have sharpened their knives.  Again.

Any bets for the series outcome?  3-0?  4-1?  3-2?

 
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Alhadder

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Nine wicket defeat, despite some initial spirit in the England second innings.  But a woeful performance.  The British press have sharpened their knives.  Again.

Any bets for the series outcome?  3-0?  4-1?  3-2?
I'll go 4-0 with the Hobart Test being a draw due to too much time lost for rain.

 

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Alhadder

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So...here we go...2nd Test has started in Adelaide.

Hazelwood out, which was a known yesterday, however Cummins has been ruled out coz he was deemed a close contact to a positive Covid case at an Adelaide restaurant last night. Lyon & Starc were at the same restaurant but were outside...so Smith is Aussie captain.

He won the toss and decided to bat. Harris survived first over v Anderson and Warner resuming battle with Broad in 2nd over with Warner leaving 2nd ball, hit above pad and survived lbw shout.

Wicket looks good so should favour the batsmen for the first two sessions.

 

Alhadder

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Has certainly favoured the batsmen for the first 2 sessions so far, however post dinner break Warner gets himself out 5 short of a century.  In walks Captain Smith, which hopefully should see us to stumps 2 down for 250 ish.

Over rate shocking again, obviously Poms do not want to be paid for this match either  :lol:

 

Alhadder

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One more day like this and it’s all over. Depressing.
Forecast in Adelaide tomorrow is 37C. Aussies could possibly bat for the 2 afternoon sessions and bake the England bowlers then declare just before tea and Aussie quicks take 3-4 wickets before stumps. 

That'd be a nightmare scenario for Root et al

 

Alhadder

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Forecast is spot on. 36C in Adelaide atm. Plan A for Labushagne and Smith will be to stay out there for as long as possible and bake some Pommie seamers under the hot Adelaide sun then declare late in 2nd session.

 

Alhadder

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Plan A was going superbly well...until lightning almost struck the ground and they ran off. Stumps has now been called. England let off the hook after losing 2 quick wickets including Michael Neser's 1st Test wicket from his 2nd ball.

Edit: Here's a shot from the stump cam of the lightning strike!!

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Let's see how they go tomorrow. If they're still batting at the end of the day then we're heading for a draw. If they're all out before tea then Aussies will probably go 2 up for the series.

 
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Nice way to start the day…from the BBC

If you're just emerging from your Saturday morning lie-in, all I can say is sorry.

To sum it up, England batted really well when you were asleep, and have collapsed now that you're all awake.

 
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