Monday, December 9, 2013

Can England Make a Comeback? 2-0 now.

Mitchell Johnson has led Australia to another test win. A win at Adelaide today gave Australia a 2-0 lead in the ashes. Having scored a massive 570 in the first innings, a century from pup and Haddin. Australia looked strong and they looked confident.

England had to play without Trott and  the talented Joe Rott had to play at No.3. Stokes and Panesar were in the playing 11. Most of them were expecting the all rounder Bresnan to join, but the captain and the coach had some other plan. England played with two spinners and the combination was not a successful one. In the first Innings, almost every bowler picked up wickets for England and Broad came out with 3/98.

Captain cook's form has been troubling England a lot, he has not been scoring runs at the top for England this ashes season. Johnson cleaned him up early, getting the first breakthrough for Australia. Carberry scored a patient 60. Joe Root, Pietersen all went out cheaply. Ian Bell and Carberry had a 45 run partnership between them, the second highest for England. The highest being 48 between Carberry and Joe Root. This indicates how well The English batsmen had tackled the Australian bowling and they lacked major Partnerships. Ian Bell was rock solid and remained unbeaten on 72 and he was the only batsman next to Carberry to provide some resistance when Johnson was firing the ball at 150kmph almost every time. The pacer came back strongly to pick up 7 wickets totally in the first Innings. Broad and Anderson were bowled the first ball they faced. Stokes was caught at crease, Monty who showed some resistance along with Bell, faced 35 balls for his two runs before he was cleaned up by Johnson. Johnson picked 7/40 and England all out 172.

Surprise. Clarke refused a follow on, may be, he wanted a rest for his fast bowlers or he wanted his batsmen to score more runs and take the lead over 500. Anderson was on fire, he picked up two quick Aussie wickets. Rogers gone caught behind for 2 and Watson for a duck and his form needs to be noticed. Watson has not been in best of his form. The home team two down for 4 runs. Thanks to the over night score of 83 from Warner, Australia took the lead over 500, 132/3 and England needed 531, when Aussies declared from their over night score of 132.

 Huge target for England. All they needed was a good start, No they did not get a start. Cook gone,  prey to Johnson again scoring just a run. Carberry followed for 14, Root and Pietersen (53) looked solid and kept going, But Aussies Just needed that one wicket of either KP or Root. Siddle got that wicket of KP, bowled. Smith, the part timer picked up Bell for 6 runs and a even a draw looked difficult for England. Root played well for 87, that should have been a 100 he was a bit unlucky to get an inside edge and a fine catch by the keeper. Stokes gone for 28, Prior looked good and at last he found some form and never carried that and was out for 69.Siddle and Harris shared 7 among them and england could score only 312.

Siddle 4/57 and Harris 3/54, one each from Johnson, Smith and Lyon. Player of the match, Johnson for his 8 wickets.

From the past " Australia, after seven defeats in nine, have now won two Tests on a row; England, unbeaten in 13 before this series, have been heavily beaten in both "


Dhilip Marlon said...

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harish said...

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