The first two tests of this year’s Ashes are now over and there are currently question marks over where or not England can pull of the fantastic and get a whitewash tournament against Australia. The first test was very exciting as the score was kept very close right until the final day, but if it wasn’t down to Ashton Agar, the opening test could have over very quickly. It was on the first day when Ashton Agar, who was the eleventh man, came out and somehow managed to break various record scoring 98 runs before he lost his wicket, which got Australia back into the game.
The rest of the test continued out fairly equally, but it was lucky for England that James Anderson was on fine form for the final day. Anderson came out meaning business and on the last day alone, he managed to capture 4 wickets putting Australia into misery as he bowled them all out with 14 runs left. James Anderson was later given man of the match for a performance where throughout the whole test, he bowled 10 wickets, and 5 wickets in the final innings, which ultimately won England the first test.
In the second Ashes test, England dominated Australia winning by 347 runs to take a commanding 2-0 lead in this year’s Ashes series. The first innings for England were fantastic compared to Australia’s who only managed to gain 128 runs, whilst the hosts hit a massive 361 runs to take the dominating lead. The second innings were only slightly different as Australia managed to get in the 200’s scoring 235 runs, but England were just too good for them as they were on 349-7 before the match was stopped following a certain England victory.
England and Australia now both prepare for the third test which begins next Thursday, but England have got to be careful that they don’t fill themselves with over confidence as it could cause them to falter during the match. The hosts are looking for a third straight Ashes victory which would take their total to level Australia in the overall Ashes number of wins. The Aussie’s have currently won 31 Ashes series, whilst England are on 30. However, the hosts are well on their way to levelling it up at 31-31 as they are 2-0 up in tests and on form.
England Captain, Alastair Cook, was talking after the second test about a possible whitewash, “It is certainly too early. But it is a winning habit. We won’t be taking anything for granted or taking our foot off the pedal. That is not how this England side works.” He continued, “At certain moments in this game we were right under the cosh, but it is to the credit of the players that they dealt with those moments. We have to give credit to the way we bowled in the first innings. Our bowlers have dug us out.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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