In Australia’s first innings, it was looking all positive for England who had clearly aggravated the Australian cricket fans when Stuart Broad captured 6 wickets and got Australia all out for 295. This resulted in an Australian newspaper, the ‘Courier Mail’ refusing to put Stuart Broad’s name in their article on the Ashes. However, the Australian fans will be the last ones laughing as England had an abysmal first innings after they were bowled all out for only 136 in the Ashes opening test.
Former Test batsman Geoffrey Boycott commented on the opening England innings, “It’s been decent bowling by Australia but the batting has been pathetic. It’s very sad to see them almost give away the Test match like this.” Boycott believes that England have gifted Australia the first test match with 3 days remaining to play, and admittedly it is going to require a near-miracle in order for England to turn this first test on its head. The second day of the Ashes ended with Australia on 65-0 in their second innings and England in big trouble.
In England’s first innings, they were looking positive having a score of 82-2 with Michael Carberry and Kevin Pietersen still at the crease. However, everything went to pot when Pietersen was caught out by George Bailey for only 18 runs. That was closely followed with Michael Carberry, who managed to hit England’s highest amount of runs with 40, being caught out by Shane Watson. This started a trend as Ian Bell, Joe Root, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann and Chris Tremlett were all caught out with only 15 runs between them.
Stuart Broad kept England’s hopes of an unlikely comeback alive after he hit 32 runs before he was the final England player to be caught out by Chris Rogers to give England a poor score of 136 all out. In Australia’s second innings of the Ashes, Chris Rogers and Davis Warner have hit 15 and 45 runs respectively, which puts the Ashes hosts on a score of 65-0 after 22 overs. England needs to pick up their game otherwise they will lose the Ashes first test, which is feared to have already been lost.
Author Daniel Foster.
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