The Ashes: 3rd test preview & more

Updated: July 28, 2015



It’s going to be tough for England, with the Australians being full of confidence after their near-perfect display at Lords. What was most disappointing from an English point of view was the manner of our defeat. We simply capitulated, especially in the second innings being bowled out for 103 runs, which is not good enough whatsoever and both Alistair Cook and Trevor Bayliss knew that things had to be looked at, quickly.


The selectors took action and because of poor performances, Gary Balance has been dropped for this upcoming test, with Jonny Bairstow coming in to the side to bolster the middle order. Bairstow has been outstanding in County Cricket this season for Yorkshire, hitting good knock after good knock and has been banging loud on England door for a while now; finally the selectors opened the door up and let him in. This may be a wise decision, and we know that Jonny Bairstow has a good pedigree for test cricket and is another unknown entity to Australia; this could be our secret weapon at Lords.


Good news for Australia however, with Chris Rodgers recovering from his dizzy spell he had recently after being hit by a bouncer in the second test. They have a fully fit squad to choose from, and it’s going to be a very interesting matchup between the two sides.



2nd test review


Well, this test didn’t go to plan did it?


England were on a high after their tremendous victory in the First Test at the Swalec Stadium, which saw Joe Root perform out of his skin with the bat, and Stuart Broad the same with the ball. However, true to history, the Aussies came back fighting and unfortunately for England, trounced us.


Australia won by 405 runs, the 4th highest victory score in a test match in cricket history.


Some called it a remarkable, some called it awful for England, but I called it a rude awakening.


Australia are a very good test side and have so much experience in their ranks that they were always going to pose a threat in any given situation. England couldn’t handle them in the second test, and Australia’s high intensity and relentless pressure saw only 1 batsman score over 20 runs in England’s 2nd innings (Broad, 25).


Clinical from Australia, appalling from England.


This Third Test at Edgbaston starting on Thursday is definitely going to be intriguing in terms of how both teams approach the game, and how England will rectify their mistakes from the Second Ashes Test. I mean, Gary Balance has been dropped from the side, with Jonny Bairstow coming in at five, with under-fire batsman Ian Bell rising up the order to three. Hopefully this pays off for England; only time will tell.





Australia win- their confidence is high and all the top end batsmen are looking in good touch. The Aussies will take a 2-1 lead in the Ashes Series 2015.



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