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    Warner out, the crowd right behind England. Fascinating test cricket.


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    Aus 19-2!


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    Labusagne fails to duck a bouncer. Looks in a spot of bother.




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    Well, such drama!

    Two Tests in and both, for different reasons have provided so much entertainment!

    Today was fantastic cricket, a pleasure to watch.

    England went for the draw, fair enough. Australia bowled well but were never going to win.

    As far as the Ashes go, it is surely advantage Australia now
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mibbes Aye View Post
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    Well, such drama!

    Two Tests in and both, for different reasons have provided so much entertainment!

    Today was fantastic cricket, a pleasure to watch.

    England went for the draw, fair enough. Australia bowled well but were never going to win.

    As far as the Ashes go, it is surely advantage Australia now
    Itís definitely advantage Australia now Iíd say, one win in the final three tests is enough to retain the Ashes. One thing I would say though is that spell Archer bowled on Saturday to Smith and Cummings was a real game changer for England. I canít ever recall seeing anyone in an English shirt bowl like that, it was absolutely brutal stuff. The Aussie batsmen wonít be looking forward to facing that sort bowling.

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    Well, such drama!

    Two Tests in and both, for different reasons have provided so much entertainment!

    Today was fantastic cricket, a pleasure to watch.

    England went for the draw, fair enough. Australia bowled well but were never going to win.

    As far as the Ashes go, it is surely advantage Australia now
    England will have derived some confidence from the way the momentum was with them towards the close yesterday - and with Smith potentially missing for Australia they'll fancy their chances of making a contest of the series. However, with just three Tests left it's surely too tall an order for England to win at least two of them.

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    Well, such drama!

    Two Tests in and both, for different reasons have provided so much entertainment!

    Today was fantastic cricket, a pleasure to watch.

    England went for the draw, fair enough. Australia bowled well but were never going to win.

    As far as the Ashes go, it is surely advantage Australia now
    I think it's a tad unfair to say England "went for the draw". It's a difficult balance, you couldn't say they had nothing to lose. 1-0 is difficult, but 2-0 would've been practically impossible to overturn. If they hadn't lost that 10 overs in the morning it would've been mighty close.

    There's been a wee bit of momentum shift. If Smith is out for Headingley and Archer can bowl as well again (tall order for his second test!), and then Jimmy makes it back for Old Trafford. Lots of "ifs" but we could be in for a hell of a finale.

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    I think it's a tad unfair to say England "went for the draw". It's a difficult balance, you couldn't say they had nothing to lose. 1-0 is difficult, but 2-0 would've been practically impossible to overturn. If they hadn't lost that 10 overs in the morning it would've been mighty close.

    There's been a wee bit of momentum shift. If Smith is out for Headingley and Archer can bowl as well again (tall order for his second test!), and then Jimmy makes it back for Old Trafford. Lots of "ifs" but we could be in for a hell of a finale.
    Yeah, I should have been clearer. I donít think they set out from the start for a draw but I thought they batted too long in the third innings and essentially were accepting a draw with the outside chance of a win. They lost bowling time as a consequence and a slightly lower total might have been more enticing for the Australians and given England a victory.

    As it stands Australia only need to win one from three to retain the Ashes now. Bowlers win matches and Australia have so much depth that Mitchell Starc hasnít even been used yet, while England are really light in that department.

    Re Smiths injury, his replacement certainly seized his opportunity! Warner and Bancroft have both been very disappointing so far but are obviously very talented players and it seems inconceivable that they wonít come good soon.
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    Yeah, I should have been clearer. I donít think they set out from the start for a draw but I thought they batted too long in the third innings and essentially were accepting a draw with the outside chance of a win. They lost bowling time as a consequence and a slightly lower total might have been more enticing for the Australians and given England a victory.

    As it stands Australia only need to win one from three to retain the Ashes now. Bowlers win matches and Australia have so much depth that Mitchell Starc hasnít even been used yet, while England are really light in that department.

    Re Smiths injury, his replacement certainly seized his opportunity! Warner and Bancroft have both been very disappointing so far but are obviously very talented players and it seems inconceivable that they wonít come good soon.
    Aussies definitely favourites but if England can level at Headingley, they've still got a chance.

    Not sure about Bancroft but Warner must be due a score soon.

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    Smith out for the third test. Huge boost for England.

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    Smith out for the third test. Huge boost for England.
    It is, but it's a shame.

    It seems a bit bizarre in this day and age that cricket still has rules that allow deliberate targeting of the head area. Especially after the awareness that Phillip Hughes' death brought to the issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeMeSouviens View Post
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    It is, but it's a shame.

    It seems a bit bizarre in this day and age that cricket still has rules that allow deliberate targeting of the head area. Especially after the awareness that Phillip Hughes' death brought to the issue.
    Other than completely banning the bouncer thereís not much they can do really. They would probably have to ban fielders standing at short leg and silly point as well. I think most cricketers accept the risk and helmets are much safer these days.

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