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The Ashes

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Well, the event in the cricketing calendar has come around again. It's near the end of the second day of the 1st test, and Australia are in a very good position. They declared at 9/602. Ricky Ponting made 196, Michael Hussey 86 and Justin Langer 82.


The poor old Poms simply couldn't take any wickets. Anderson is about as threatening as a fluffy cloud, Ashley Giles just isn't a wicket taker, Steve Harmison can't even hit the pitch let alone the stumps and only Andrew Flintoff looks like he knows what he's doing.


And now Andrew Strauss is out c. Hussey b. McGrath.

England 1/28.


I think the Aussies will get the Ashes back.


Edit: McGrath strikes again! Alastair Cook caught behind for 11. McGrath's on a hat-trick... but doesn't get it.

Edited by Hanemar (see edit history)
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England need to drop Ashley Giles for the 2nd test and bring in Monty Panesar. They need a spinner who can take wickets, not just tie an end down. I guess England have gone with Giles because he can bat a bit, but is he the man to chase down 600? I think not.


Losing Trescothick before the series hasn't done any good either. Alistair Cook looks out of his depth as an opener even though he is a respectable middle order batsman.

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Australia win the 1st test by 277 runs.

England rolled over and died on the 5th day. The curse of the nervous nineties claimed Paul Collingwood and that knobhead Pietersen, and England were all out for something like 370.


I'm looking forward to a more interesting test match in Adelaide. Surely England will have to come out firing and give the Aussies a bit of a scare.

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