Fourth Test Preview and Third Test review

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Updated: August 5, 2015

 

If you haven’t checked out my 3rd test preview piece on Let’s Talk Sport, well then I think you should go and have a little read. Want me to tell you why? Okay, I suppose I must.

 

I predicated Australia to go 2-1 up in the Ashes Series because usually the Australians take a previous win and build on it, and I for one, believed they would build upon their incredible performance at Lords, at Edgbaston. Luckily for the England team and every English fan around the world, we won the 3rd test by 8 wickets after a superb performance especially with the ball. I was left bemused by this result, not because we’d won the game (obviously I was very happy we’d won the test), but simply by how inconsistent both us and the Aussies have been.

 

It’s been one of the weirdest series I’ve ever watched/written up on because the standards of cricket from both teams has been very up and down; often outstanding but sometimes worrying.

 

This Series has probably been one of the hardest to call just based on this factor, however now England have gone 2-1 up, they are in prime position to go on and lift the magnificent miniature trophy. It’s ours to lose as such, as Australia need to win both the Fourth Test and the last Test to regain the Ashes, which is very much possible, but something in which I can foresee happening.

 

 

Third Test Round-up

England beat Australia by 8 wickets.

Man of the Match – Steven Finn.

 

This test was hotly anticipated by all because everything was all square coming into it. England were struggling, Australian tails were wagging, but it was England who had the biggest bark in the end and came out on top.

 

Steven Finn, who had just joined up with the side, was an unknown entity to the Australians as he hadn’t played a single test match for England for over 2 years, and so was coming into this game reinvigorated and full of confidence, and it clearly showed. His match figures in the second innings of 6-79 were just reward for him, because his bowling was exceptional and completely ripped through the tourist’s middle order.

 

He took the wickets of Smith, Clarke, Voges, Marsh, Nevill and Johnson leaving Australia with a mountain to climb at 217-8, having only made 136 in their first innings.

 

England’s first innings was on par with what was expected from a predominantly fast, swinging wicket which favoured the bowlers- 281. Joe Root again showing his class with a respectable 63 and Ian Bell, a man out of nick, making 53 before falling to off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

 

Because Australia were eventually bowled out for 265, it left England only needing 121 to win. We reached that target with ease, although we did lose two cheap wickets- Cook for 7 and Lyth for 12.

 

Fourth Test Preview:

 

Now, I’ve said it earlier in this piece, it’s ours to lose now. We’re in a very strong position and the pitch at Trent Bridge is one that’s fast, has lots of swing and it will make the spectacle a whole lot more interesting, seeing how both teams deal with the pitch in terms of both batting and bowling.

 

Unfortunately for us, James Anderson picked up a side strain whilst bowling in the Third Test, and his injury has come at a bad time because he has been a pivotal part of the team in this series. Jimmy Anderson is definitely ruled out of this one, and to make matters worse, Mark Wood is also a major doubt due to an ankle injury; although he did come through a 25 minute bowling session at Trent Bridge this week.

 

Australia have no injury concerns heading into this Test, but one question that remains is will Brad Haddin come back into the side? Who knows, that’s down to the selectors on the day and who they think will do the better job behind the stumps.

 

My prediction:

 

I got my prediction wrong last week (which is not like me at all!), however I’m confident about my choice this week…

 

England will win the Ashes and go 3-1 up in the series, with one game to go.

 

Finger crossed ay!

 


 

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