Despite Joe Root’s fifty, and contributions from Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow, on Day 4, England could only manage a score of 195 in their second innings in Brisbane. In reply, the Australian openers, David Warner (60*) and Cameron Bancroft (51*) have put Australia on the brink of victory.
Controversies and the Tim Paine show
The Ashes have never been short on controversies, be it decisions from umpires or the general way the players conduct themselves during the series. Remember the 2013 Ashes in England? From Usman Khawaja to Jonathan Trott, both sides suffered the wrath of the umpires and DRS, and it looked like every match would give us a fresh debate. While the ongoing match has been a captivating contest, it had been free of any sort of controversy. Until today!
It all began when Moeen Ali was adjudged stumped by the third umpire when a benefit of
Ironically, on both occasions, only one player appealed for a wicket. TIM PAINE! The 32-year-old has received a lot of flak since his selection in the team considering he cannot displace Matthew Wade behind the
Cameron Bancroft is one tough cookie
The Ashes have well and truly arrived. After the English refused to get drawn into a war of words on the second day, they were forced to pick up the
However, for anyone who had watched the full game, it was not unbelievable. During the first innings, Dawid Malan hit a Mitchell Starc short delivery straight at Bancroft, who was fielding at
are in for a tough summer Down Under
Keeping with tradition, after playing at the Gabba, England, now have to chase the series starting in Adelaide. For the first two days, they looked like they were in complete control of the game, thanks to surprising contributions of Mark Stoneman, James Vince, and Dawid Malan. However, the experienced duo of Alastair Cook and Joe Root struggled to impose themselves on the game. Even after Steve Smith’s brilliant innings had helped Australia drag themselves ahead of England’s total, the visitors would still have believed that they had a chance in the game.
But all those dreams came crashing down much like Moeen Ali’s hyped up bowling prowess. Cook fell to the short ball again. Root was guilty of shuffling across his crease far too many times. Bairstow looked like he had given up even though they had three wickets still in the bag and a reasonable support cast of Broad, Ball, and Anderson. There is no doubt that this Australian team does not even come close to their predecessors but, crucially, they are still better than England. The second innings shambles only highlighted the importance of Cook, who averages 44.47 in the second innings, and Root, 40.72, in the current setup that is filled with players with little or no experience. If England
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