Was Wednesday the 11tg September the day Somerset claimed the county championship? At the end of day 2 in Somersets and Essex’s game, they both had differing fortunes. Somerset are leading Yorkshire by 356 runs by 5 wickets. However, Essex trail Warickshire by over 450 runs and to add insult to injury Alistair cook is already out. For Somerset, they claimed Yorkshire’s last 6 wickets in 42 balls. They collapsed from 86-3 to 103-9( Coad unable to bat due to illness.) Somerset were on the verge of undoing their good work when they slipped to 4-2 but, with 5 different batsmen contributing everyone stood up. Abell digging in for a captains knock of 62 Hildreth and Banton both hitting counter attacking 58’s and 43’s respectively. Then Bartlett and Gregory combined with 34 and 48 to take Somerset into a very strong position. With a lead of 365, they may already have enough. Essex had to toil for almost 2 days in the field with young Warickshire batsmen hitting 173. They have an uphill task to not lose and winning would be a true miracle. Somerset, however, have the game all but won.
As Australia won the old Trafford test match they go 2-1 up with one to play. England can not win the ashes. England to be totally honest have played poorly in these 4 test matches. The only test they deserved to win was the Lord’s test match. You just wonder what could have been if there was an hour less rain. Would we have bowler the Aussies out and won the game? England’s win at Headingley was undeserved as you can’t be bowled out for 67 and win a test. Yes, their last innings performance showed fight and resilience but anyone can show that. We won that game off the back of a Ben Stokes miracle. Australia outplayed England in all departments. There batting was much better. Smith and Labuschange showed England how you should play in English conditions. Big hundreds are what England missed. Also, Australia’s slip fielding was much better than Englands. Think Roy dropping Labuschange at Headingley we went on to win the game but it is a good example. England need to regroup before the next game and work out what they want to do going forward.
A high-class double century by Smith powered Australia to 497-8 declared. However, England was sloppy and wasteful. Smith was dropped on 65 by Jofra Archer and was caught off a Jack Leach new ball on 118. Furthermore, Paine was dropped twice. As Australia reached 400 England were progressively sloppy. Mitchell Starc came in and bludgeoned a 49 ball 50. England also lost Denly and anger the day on 23-1. England is still in this game and the ashes, however. The pitch is a relatively flat one and there are only 3 days left. If England can get past the follow on the score they will probably not win due to the time in the game. However, England’s batsmen have to stand up and be counted. Tomorrow is a big day for the ashes summer…
Australia finished the first day on 170-3. Smith not out 60 and Labuschange scoring 67. Both of them proving my predictions wrong. England though started really well with a fiery opening burst from Broad. He had both the openers out. It was such a windy day that it was hard for the bowlers to control where the ball was going. Because of the huge winds at one point the game was played without bails. I have never seen this happen before in cricket. Craig Overton claimed Labuschange with a peach of a delivery hitting the top of off. Although he was quite expensive going at 4.10 runs an over. It was pretty even at the end of the day as on a slow pitch pace bowling will be difficult especially if the wind stays the way it was on day one. Maybe Australia should have picked Siddle instead of Starc if the pitch was going to do this? Let’s hope for a longer day and less rain on day 2.
The series is now level at 1-1 after Ben stokes heroics in the 3rd test. With two to go for England to win back the ashes, they have to win 1 and draw one or win two. For Australia, two draws are enough. I think that England will win the 4th test and go on to win the ashes. There has been a big gap between the 4th day at Headingley and what is the 4th test today. Jofra is rested and I fell will he back bowling his 90+mph rockets if the pitch isn’t really green. Smith’s comments about how he hasn’t gotten him out will only fire him up. Australia has been stupid firing Jofra up. He doesn’t say anything sledging wise pre-game unless someone says something to him first. Root Stokes and Denly all got runs at Headingley. Roots decision to move Roy to 4 and Denly to open I think is a decision that should have come sooner if they think Roy is in good form. Craig Overton is coming in for Woakes which I think is a good move. Craig ’s been in great form for his home team Somerset. His height will give him extra bounce which will trouble Australia. Australia’s batting has been weak( and England’s) all series. With smith coming back from a concussion I feel he will miss out. Furthermore, Labuschange has contributed in every innings so far and don’t think he will at Old Trafford. I think the ashes will be 2-1 going into the final game at the Oval…….
The World test championship is a new format in test cricket. The championship runs from August the 1st for two years. In all three formats, the championship is run. The two top teams will compete in the final at Lords in two years time. The aim is to bring context to bilateral series. I feel that it is a very good idea. Some bilateral series lack this and the championship brings this. With the ashes at the moment bringing real excitement to test and cricket as a whole.
The worlds heaviest cricketer, who has made his test debut in the second test of the India West Indies series. He is 26 years old and weighs 140 kg and is 6 foot 5. He has played 55 first-class games taking 260 wickets. 17 5 wicket hauls and 2 10 wicket hauls. He has scored 2224 runs at an average of 25. On his test debut, he bowled 246 balls (41 overs) and took 3 wickets. For a bowler battling obesity bowling all those overs in that heat is a really good effort. Batting he scored 14 at number 9 scoring 15. Bowling again in the second innings he scored 23 overs no wickets conceding 68 runs. A good effort holding up an end while India attacked for a declaration.
However, in 50 over cricket, where he has been capped for West India A, he bats a lot more. Scoring 1240 runs at an average of 33 with a high score of 132 not out. He has 56 wickets with an economy of 3.67. Very good economy rate.
In t20 cricket he has played 31 games taking 21 wickets an economy of 7.78. His batting is explosive and big-hitting. He hasn’t performed however only showing glimpses. His 78 of 48 last year was brilliant. However, he has only scored 340 runs at an average of 16.
He at 26 could have a 10-year International career if he carries on. He obviously has fitness issues but he can ply through it and try to lose the weight. However, he is an incredible talent and an inspiration for all people battling obesity.