Australia’s Steve Smith has certainly been one of the stand-out names in the current Ashes series, he has scored numerous centuries. Yet, the Australian has shown no signs of slowing down in the final test as he hit 115 runs before he finally lost his wicket. There has been a trend in the Ashes tests this series, England always look to be doing well early on, this time reducing Australia to 97-5 in the final test. However each time it looks as though England are on course to win the test, they begin to struggle as earlier today they failed to get Smith and Brad Haddin out , which cost the visitors dearly.
Throughout this Ashes series so far, England have been second best to Australia in every aspect of the game, they are currently 4-0 down and not doing too well again in the final test. Nevertheless, the first day of the final test was no different as their fielding was terrible when Steve Smith and Brad Haddin were at the crease, but their batting was appalling too. As it was late in the day when Australia got caught all out, England only had time to play 6 overs, in which Alastair Cook hit 7 runs not out, Michael Carberry was out for a duck, and James Anderson hit 1 run not out.
Considering that this Ashes series is already lost, England’s Cricket coach Andy Flower will be looking at playing some of the younger players who don’t have as much experience, to prepare them for the future. Flower decided to allow three young English cricketers to grab their debut caps as Boyd Rankin, Scott Borthwick and Gary Balance had their first taste of international cricket. However, even though Flower is giving the youngsters some rare experience, no Englishman is going to want to see Australia claim a complete 5-0 whitewash, meaning England must win this final test.
Author Daniel Foster.
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