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Story Behind Enemy Lines - An Ashes Cricket Story

Discussion in 'Ashes Cricket' started by Rumple43, Mar 18, 2019.

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    Ashes 2019 - 2 AUGUST 2019

    2019 Ashes, 1st Test - Edgbaston, Birmingham.

    England v Australia, Series Tied 0-0

    Close Day 2

    Australia 1st innings - 547, 133.0 overs, K.Patterson 268, B.Stokes 29-1-109-4

    England 1st innings - 154-6, 47.0 overs, J.Bairstow 43, P.Cummins 14-6-25-2

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    Nasser Hussain: “We’re through two days here in Birmingham and this game is firmly tilted towards Australia. Big runs from the Aussies have been countered by batting frailty from England and the loss of Ben Stokes right before the close of play only tightens the Australian grip on this one. We’ve got Michael Vaughan back in after the tea break, and former Australian Ashes winner Michael Slater as well.”

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    Michael Vaughan: “I said at tea that England needed a bit more discipline and although Bairstow and Root managed to steady the ship in the early going, that lack of discipline reared its head late on as Stokes refused to block Nathan Lyon out to end the day. That will have hurt this England team, they’re in a jam as it is.”

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    Michael Slater: “Hats off to Pat Cummins there as well, he has been fantastic. Looking at my notes, he bowled 12 overs in that session, six maidens, 17 for two. It often gets overstated about the fitness and durability with cricketers, but Cummins is a big fella and to keep on charging in that many times during a session deserves some serious credit. It was simply beautiful to watch. Two big wickets as well in Bairstow and Root. The ball that got Joe out was as good as you’ll see in test cricket. ”

    NH: “Let’s take a look at how the 2nd day’s play wrapped up before we grab a word with Australia's captain Tim Paine.”



    NH: "There haven't been many smiles today from an English perspective, but we've got a very happy Australian skipper here to chat. How do you sum up the day, Tim?"

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    Tim Paine: “I’d say the main thing is not to get ahead of ourselves. Nothing is guaranteed in this game and we know how deep England can bat. There’s still a possibility that they can post a solid total and put the ball back in our court, so we’ll need to guard against that. Hopefully we can bowl tomorrow like we did today and that should give us a great chance to get all 20 wickets needed to win.”

    NH: “And a word on Kurtis Patterson. How was he feeling when he came back into the pavilion this afternoon?”

    TP: “What a player! I was chuffed that I was able to spend so much time out in the middle watching him today, stood at the non-striker’s end, it was the best seat in the house for a truly memorable innings. In the camp we all know how good Kurtis can be, how good a lot of our guys can be. It’s nice that we’re getting the chance to show that and make a few people pipe down after writing us off before the series began.”

    NH: “Thank you Tim, we appreciate your time. Gentlemen, a few words for each of you before we close for the day.”

    MS: “If you had to pick a dressing room to be in right now, the choice is obvious and that tells you everything about the game. Can England pick themselves up from here? I’m not so sure and I think we’ll be looking at a comfortable Australian win. The real question is how England cope with the situation going forward, but without wanting to be too biased, my money is on the Aussies.”

    MV: “Well I’m English Slats and my money is on the Aussies as well! It’s a well earned lead, they deserve to be ahead right now as they’ve played the better cricket. If you’re England you want to do anything you can to get past that follow on total I think, or get as close to it as possible. If they do end up following on, all they can hope to do is make a big score and give Australia 175, 200 to chase batting last. That’s a huge ask from here though, they've simply not applied themselves over the last two days.”

    NH: “Thanks for that chaps, appreciate your views as always. So, it’s 24 hours later but the position is exactly the same as yesterday. Advantage Australia, and an awful lot of work left for England. Goodbye!”
     
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    Ashes 2019 - 3 AUGUST 2019

    2019 Ashes, 1st Test - Edgbaston, Birmingham.

    England v Australia, Series Tied 0-0

    Lunch Day 3

    Australia 1st innings - 547, 133.0 overs, K.Patterson 268, B.Stokes 29-1-109-4

    England 1st innings - 262-7, 79.0 overs, M.Ali 59, P.Cummins 20-7-40-2

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    Nasser Hussain: “It’s taken two days, but could you say that was England’s session? 108 runs scored for the loss of just the one wicket in Moeen Ali towards the break, there’s just a sliver of optimism for the home fans here at lunch on day three.”

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    Geoffrey Boycott: “I think they knew I was coming on today and they played better so I wouldn’t give them a shoeing! They’ve been tripe, haven’t they? We all know it and I think the England players know it as well. Some very wishy-washy stuff over the last two days with bat and ball, but today has been better. A bit more control, a bit more application, and grit. But let’s not go crazy. They’re still 7 down and 285 runs behind.”

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    Michael Atherton: “Yeah, it’s still a positive for England in a game where they haven’t really been at the races. Credit to Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali for digging in and putting a partnership together, England desperately needed that.”

    NH: “Here’s how this morning’s play went, with some good production for England in front of a packed house here at Edgbaston.”



    NH: “How did you rate Australia in that session Geoffrey? It was probably their least impressive so far in the match.”

    GB: “Not a fan. I think they went too defensive and I’m not sure why. It’s not like you’re bowling to Don Bradman out there, no disrespect to Jos and Moeen. They were very defensive, they have a massive lead, hoping the ball would do something and it’s 50 odd, 60 odd, 70 odd overs old. It’s not really done it and England have had the better of things. Not very creative, for me. But to get a wicket in the last few overs before lunch, England never learn. Just shut up shop.”

    MA: “Australia do get the new ball pretty much straight after lunch and that could be key. If Sam Curran can stick around with Buttler and they can keep making a dent into the deficit, that could change the game somewhat. If England can trail by less than 150 from here, that would be a massive boost going into the 3rd innings. It'll be hard with that new cherry though.”

    NH: “And if you’re Australia and bowl England out quickly, what do you do if you’re Tim Paine? Ask England to bat again?”

    GB: “You ask your bowlers. It’s all well and good standing behind the stumps all day, watching the clouds go by. Talk to the guys that are bending their backs for you. How is the pitch playing? Is it doing a bit? Do you think you need a rest? What do you think the pitch will do from here? I’d always bat, bat until the cows come home, but if you lose some time to rain, or bad light, Australia might be left kicking themselves.”

    MA: “One thing you don’t want to do is put England in again and have them make a score. Then you’re left chasing 200 runs on a day four and five pitch that’s moving around and giving something to the spinner. It could all be irrelevant of course, if England can get some more runs. But the closer the difference is to 200 by the time England are all out, the more those conversations will be going on in the Australian dressing room.”

    NH: “It makes the game sound like it’s a tight one with little margin for error! Still, Australia still have a big lead and England need to score more runs. Let’s see if Jos Buttler and the England tail can make that happen.”
     
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    Ha Ha! I hear it with GB’s voice and its spot on!
     
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    Ashes 2019 - 3 AUGUST 2019

    2019 Ashes, 1st Test - Edgbaston, Birmingham.

    England v Australia, Series Tied 0-0

    Tea Day 3

    Australia 1st innings - 547, 133.0 overs, K.Patterson 268, B.Stokes 29-1-109-4

    England 1st innings - 343, 104.5 overs, J.Buttler 83, P.Cummins 26.5-8-65-3

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    Michael Atherton: “So the new ball taken straight after lunch and you have to say, despite some late fireworks from Broad and Anderson, a somewhat predictable end to things for England. We've got an early tea here on Day 3 with that last wicket falling close to the break, so let's chat to Michael Vaughan and Shane Warne about that England innings.”

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    Michael Vaughan: “Australia have done what they needed to do, but what we don’t know is if England will be asked to bat again, or if Australia are going to stretch their lead. Credit to Australia first and foremost for getting a healthy lead after one innings each. They look the better team, Starc and Cummins look very good in particular.”

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    Shane Warne: “I think Anderson and Broad found pretty much every gap out there with the bat, didn’t they? A doughnut bat as my old coach used to call them, all edge and no middle! It wasn’t quite enough to get England below the 200 run deficit, and now there will be some thinking to do in the Australian dressing room.”

    MA: “While we wait for word on what Tim Paine would like to do, let’s recap the afternoon session.”



    MA: “We’re getting word that England will bat again after tea and will be following on.”

    MV: “Very interesting. For me, I’d have batted again if I was Australia. Bat out of sight, put some more miles into the legs of the England bowlers. The weather is set fairly well, and all they’d need is 150 runs or so set England a very difficult target indeed.”

    SW: “I think most of all it gives a good reflection of the mood in the Australia camp right now. They’ve sat down and said, “Right, what do we think we can do here? What gives us the best chance to win?” and the answer coming from the team, and the bowlers in particular is that England don’t look up to scratch here, and they fancy knocking them over again.”

    MA: “Is there a danger here for Australia if that doesn’t happen though?”

    MV: “That’s a very interesting question, and one that we’ll have to wait and see with. If England can score 350+, and actually apply themselves this time, how easy will it be for Australia batting last on this surface? We saw Patterson make good runs, really good runs. If one of the guys in the England side stands up and says, “I’m going to go big here” then Australia could be under a bit of pressure. That’s a big if based on that 1st innings from England though.”

    SW: “I think the first hour after tea will set the tone. England all too often are batting at 50-3, or worse, with Root, Bairstow, Stokes, looking to get them out of the dog house. If Australia rip through that top order for a 2nd time in the match, 350 as a total will seem miles away for England.”

    MA: “And with that prediction from Shane, we’re perfectly poised to head back down to the middle to see if Burns and Denly can get England off to a better start than they managed in their 1st innings.”
     
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    Ashes 2019 - 3 AUGUST 2019

    2019 Ashes, 1st Test - Edgbaston, Birmingham.

    England v Australia, Series Tied 0-0

    Close Day 3

    Australia 1st innings - 547, 133.0 overs, K.Patterson 268, B.Stokes 29-1-109-4

    England 1st innings - 343, 104.5 overs, J.Buttler 83, P.Cummins 26.5-8-65-3

    England 2nd innings (F/O) - 112-3, 33.0 overs, J.Root 64, M.Starc 8-4-2-22

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    Michael Atherton: “Shane Warne called it at the tea break. Early wickets for Australia as Denly, Burns and Malan fall. Then something that was also fairly straightforward to predict, a bit more quality from Root and Bairstow to steady things once again. I’ve got a very Yorkshire heavy line up here with Michael Vaughan and Geoffrey Boycott wrapping up the day’s play before we talk to England captain Joe Root.”

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    Michael Vaughan: “I’ll be very interested to speak to Joe about the pitch as he looked pretty solid this evening. I know he likes to bat at four but with how early he keeps coming to the crease, he may as well be opening at the moment!”

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    Geoffrey Boycott: “I want to talk to the guys that have been sent packing. They’re basic errors. Denly gets a ball that pitches outside the off stump, from a left hander. Now unless it’s going to turn like something from Shane Warne, that ball is always going to keep moving away from a right hander. He’s planted his foot on middle and off, and then he’s reaching for the ball. That’s twice in the match that Starc has got him. I’d be asking the young man what he’s doing.”

    MA: “We’ll save Joe Denly from that fate as I can see Joe Root heading down the stairs and onto the pitch. Let’s quickly recap that evening session.”



    MA: “Joe, thank you for taking the time to come and talk to us. How do you see this game after two days of play?”

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    Joe Root: “I think we all know that we under-performed yesterday, and we looked to make amends today as the sessions went on. It’s satisfying to score some runs, it’s hard going out there against some pretty good bowlers, but we’re battling and I think, if we can put some more runs on and find a big stand from somewhere, we could post a total that causes Australia some problems.”

    GB: “I’ll jump in here Michael. Joe, what do you say to the lads batting in from of you? They need to give you some help, surely?! They’re all over the place!”

    JR: “Good evening Geoffrey, it’s lovely to see you as always! Nobody likes it when they don’t score runs, and I’m sure that’s the same for you, me, and anyone else out there. We believe in these guys and we know they have the ability; they wouldn’t be here otherwise. Nobody is working harder than Joe and Rory, and Dawid is coming back into the fold and looking to find his feet again. Are they disappointed? Certainly, but nobody is casting them aside. It’s a tight knit group and we’ll stay that way as we look for a way to win this match and the series.”

    MA: “One final question then, can you do just that?

    JR: “No doubt. We know we haven’t been up to scratch so far, but we are a good team. We’ve shown that in the past and we believe in that as well. Everybody knows what to do and we’ll do our best to make it happen tomorrow.”

    MA: “Thanks Joe. A word from you both before we close for this evening. Michael?”

    MV: “Well, he talks a good game, I’ll give him that. And his batting was on song tonight as well. Can it continue tomorrow? I’m not so sure, things just look a bit frail with this team at the moment. If Root and Bairstow are still together at lunch, maybe at 200-3 or so, that really is game on. Can that happen? I’m not sure.”

    GB: “It needs to happen or it’s 1-0 and off we go to Lords, isn’t it? Some of these guys need to play for a bit of pride, but the ones who need it most are already out. It’s not been good for England, but they’re not out of it yet. It’s going to take something really special from someone tomorrow to swing it, mind.”

    MA: “Thanks for joining us for the 2nd day of this 1st Ashes Test match. Joe Root and England are hanging on in this one, and with a good session tomorrow, who knows where they’ll be. Join us then, good night!”
     
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    Ashes 2019 - 4 AUGUST 2019

    2019 Ashes, 1st Test - Edgbaston, Birmingham.

    England v Australia, Series Tied 0-0

    Lunch Day 4

    Australia 1st innings - 547, 133.0 overs, K.Patterson 268, B.Stokes 29-1-109-4

    England 1st innings - 343, 104.5 overs, J.Buttler 83, P.Cummins 26.5-8-65-3

    England 2nd innings (F/O) - 214-6, 64.0 overs, J.Bairstow 82, M.Starc 17-7-3-44

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    Nasser Hussain: "We've reached lunch on Day 4 and for the first time in this game, England have their noses in front. They lead by 10 runs with 6 wickets down, but perhaps the fact that they're not trailing is more symbolic than anything. I’m here with David Lloyd and Shane Warne to talk through a number of things in that morning session. Kick us off Bumble!"

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    David Lloyd: “For me, a word on Joe Root. He was playing a captain’s innings this morning and once again putting good runs on with his pal Jonny Bairstow. Then for the 2nd time in the match he’s got an absolute ripper that he’s lucky to edge. Pat Cummins did him in the first innings, and Mitchell Starc has rolled him over today. It was a belter of a ball and it looked like it might take something like that to get him out in honesty.”

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    Shane Warne: “I was going to mention that Ben Stokes LBW. How much has that done off the pitch guys?! With Bairstow sticking around, if he can put on 100, 150 with the tail, those cracks will open even more and who knows? It’s a big ask, but the scene is set for it at least.”

    NH: "Stokes was unlucky to go, it was a fraction away from missing the stumps. Let see that wicket and the rest of today's play so far."



    NH: "A wicket as we closed in on lunch for Nathan Lyon, Shane?"

    SW: “He’ll be pleased with that one as he hasn’t had too much to cheer about this test. Classic off spinners dismissal as well. He’s got one to grip and bounce a little bit and Buttler has just guided it with the spin to Pat Cummins in close. Credit to the big man, it’s a testament to his athleticism that he can field in close as a big fast bowler, not something you see very often. He did well with that chance though as it was pretty close to the floor and it’s easy to come up in your stance too early and miss it.”

    DL: “I know what I’d have been saying, get one of them batsmen to do this! Cummins has got to bend his back and get some wickets, he doesn’t want to be crouching down all day! He must be crackers!”

    NH: "Looking forward, what do you think will happen this afternoon?"

    DL: “The next wicket is crucial. Moeen has shown he can bat on this surface and we all know he’s no mug. If him and Bairstow can get stuck in, they could start to make Australia a bit nervous. We know Joe Burns won’t be batting, or not for a while, so they’re going to be 1 down effectively as soon as they come out to bat. If Australia get a few quick wickets, especially Bairstow, well….Start the car!”

    SW: “I agree with David here. Looking at how the ball is beginning to move around, the Stokes LBW and that wicket of Buttler, I wouldn’t like the look of batting last and chasing any kind of target. Australia will be telling themselves they want quick wickets, let’s knock the runs off and we can be in the bar by the tea break.”

    NH: “England will be hoping to put the Australian champagne on ice for a while longer yet. Can they do it? Let’s find out with the afternoon’s session. All to play for.”
     

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