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3rd Test

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:30 pm
by Major Wedgie
There looks to be little chance of an on-time start to the third test due to English "summertime" weather which has left the Edgbaston ground soggier 'an a wet sponge, however all reports are that the centre square is fine. Groudsman Steve Rouse has his work cut out. All indications are that this will be a batting wicket and bowling should be of a fullish length as the pitch will take a denting the ball will probably be wet and the seam will give. Bowling will be hard work.

England lead one-nil as two of this 5 match ashes series have already been played. Australia have dropped Phil Hughes in favour of Shane Watson. Time will reveal if this was a good decision.

SR Watson, SM Katich, RT Ponting (c), MEK Hussey, MJ Clarke, MJ North, GA Manou, MG Johnson, BW Hilfenhaus, PM Siddle, NM Hauritz

AJ Strauss (c), AN Cook, RS Bopara, IR Bell, PD Collingwood, MJ Prior, A Flintoff, SCJ Broad, GP Swann, JM Anderson, G Onions

Re: 3rd Test

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 5:51 pm
by cricketmad
Weather Update for Edgbaston

Yes the weather has been quite bad this week but I live 20 miles away from Edgbaston and Im looking at blue sky and sunshine at the moment. So looking like maybe one whole day with without rain interruption. Which will be good for you night owlers drinking VB. :-)

Weather Update

Well its now raining cats and dogs. Bloody weather forecasters said we would see no rain today. I could predict it better flipping a coin. ow well . :-(

Re: 3rd Test

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:51 pm
by Major Wedgie
So you'd be going to some (or all) of this test then Cricketmad? Ian Botham just predicted this game couldn't start before mid-afternoon.

Re: 3rd Test

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:11 am
by Major Wedgie
They managed to get 30 overs in and I saw none of them however I think the decision to open with Shane Watson appears to be vindicated. England's decision in past matches to bowl short to Phil Hughes also appears to be vindicated. Here's the day's summary:
* Lunch: Australia - 0/0
* Wet Ground: Australia - 0/0
* Australia: 50 runs in 12.2 overs (74 balls), Extras 0
* 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 74 balls (SR Watson 24, SM Katich 26, Ex 0)
* Drinks: Australia - 62/0 in 14.0 overs (SR Watson 28, SM Katich 34)
* Australia: 100 runs in 24.1 overs (145 balls), Extras 1
* SR Watson: 50 off 89 balls (8 x 4)
* End Of Day: Australia - 126/1 in 30.0 overs (SR Watson 62, RT Ponting 17)

* Source: ... 45972.html

England allow Manou

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:56 pm
by Major Wedgie
A feather in the cap of England is playing in the spirit of the match. I've just found out that Brad Haddin was on the bill for the match before he fractured his finger. England had every right to say that Australia have to play Haddin but apparently allowed the replacement with Manou.

Also, for those who were wondering who the hell Graham Manou is, well, all reports say that he is a better keeper than Haddin but a lesser batsman.

Re: 3rd Test

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:10 pm
by Major Wedgie
Well the first two deliveries I've seen of this match are the first two deliveries of day 2:
Onions to Watson OUT! LBW
Onions to Hussey OUT! Hussey left a delivery that was way to straight to leave and was bowled - top of off stump.

Great start to the day for the poms!

Re: 3rd Test

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:21 pm
by Major Wedgie
Ricky Ponting just passed Allan Border as Australia's best run scorer in test matches. He did it in 22 games (I think) less than Border. 134 vs. 156.

Re: 3rd Test

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:48 pm
by Sparchi
Rudi Koertzen is incompetent.

Re: 3rd Test

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:49 pm
by Sparchi
The bad decisions are starting to balance out. For every wicket Australia are robbed, there's a wicket where England are not given out.