Story Behind Enemy Lines - An Ashes Cricket Story

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    Ashes 2019 - 22 AUGUST 2019

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    Ashes 2019 - 23 AUGUST 2019
    2019 Ashes, 3rd Test - Headingley, Leeds.
    Lunch Day 2
    England v Australia, Australia lead 2-0
    Australia 1st innings - 275, 72.1 overs, T.Paine 128, J.Anderson 22-5-76-5
    England 1st innings - 168-3, 50 overs, H.Hameed 71, P.Cummins 13-1-47-1
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    Michael Atherton: "Steady progress for England as they close in on Australia's total for the loss of three wickets. A sparkling 71 from Haseeb Hameed started the session, and both Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow look to be settling in well as the teams came off for Lunch. Let's discuss the session with two greats of the game, Shane Warne and Alastair Cook.

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    Shane Warne: "Full credit to Hameed, he looked pretty solid and it took a terrific diving catch from Tim Paine to eventually get him off. He can be happy with his return to the side, there's a lot to build on."

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    Alastair Cook: "I'm always delighted to see England scoring runs, and particularly at the top of the order! England have struggled to really cermet a solid opening partnership in recent years, so having Hameed in form and playing well would be a huge bonus, both here and for the rest of the series."

    MA: "He did bat well, especially on the off side. Let's look at some of his highlights as well as the other English wickets to fall.



    MA: "Bit of a weak way for Dawid Malan to go Alastair?"

    AC: "Absolutely, he'll be disappointed with that. His weight was all wrong and rather than drive through the ball, he's just chipped it to Josh Hazelwood who made a good low catch running around from mid-wicket. Mitchell Starc is quick and he can do that to you sometimes, hurry you through the shot. Still, it wasn't a good way to go."

    MA: "Joe Root looks to be in good form and he was happy to take the attack to Australia as the session ended. How key will he be after lunch?"

    SW: "We all know how good Joe Root can be, batting at number 3, or number 4, or wherever he happens to be. He'll score runs and it'll be up to Australia to find a way to get him out. When he's batting with Jonny Bairstow he always seems to up his game, so that partnership could be big for England. Australia need a few quick wickets and to win this afternoon session. If England make another 100 runs by tea and they're only 5 or 6 down with Bairstow, Stokes, Buttler, Ali still potentially at the crease, they'll be a great position to blow past this Australian total."

    AC: "Absolutely. You could say this one is well balanced and in a way it is, but the meat of this England line up is still to come and that should please the home fans. Another 200 runs from some of the side's best players and England will be well in control."

    MA: "How do Australia look to take wickets then?"

    SW: "We've seen some balls miss the edge, I think Australia need to just stick to the basics. If a batsman gets set, have a couple of slips and a fairly regulation field then just bowl that line and length. It's not a road up here in Leeds, it will do a little bit, so Australia just need to be patient and try to build some pressure."

    MA: "The players are heading back out now so let's see if they can do just that. Join us at the tea break when we'll be chatting to Michael Gilchrist and Michael Vaughan. Thanks guys."
     

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