England started the third test of the Ashes well as it looked as though they were on track to win their first test of this series. However, despite starting well, early on in the test, Australia managed to turn it around due to a Steve Smith century and a fantastic partnership with wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. England needs to claim a victory in this third test following the abysmal previous performances which has led to them losing the first two tests.
The day began with Australia winning the coin toss and deciding to bat first, sending out Chris Rogers and David Warner to crease to kick off the first day. David Warner was the only player out of the first four cricketers to go to the Australia’s crease and actually do well. The other three who batted early were Chris Rogers, Shane Watson and Captain Michael Clarke, none of which managed to hit a score above 24 runs. David Warner was the only player who bat well to begin with, grabbing 60 runs before he was caught out by Michael Carberry.
Once Captain Clarke was eliminated from the game, Steve Smith stepped up and performed wonderfully, saving his team with the help of Brad Haddin. Although, before Haddin teamed up with Smith, George Bailey only managed 7 runs before he lost his wicket. This meant that Haddin and Smith managed to hit 127 runs together before Haddin was finally caught out by James Anderson. That welcomed Mitchell Johnson to partner Smith, who both ended the day not out, with Smith hitting an impressive 103 runs, giving Australia a score of 326-6.
England have got to somehow end Australia’s first innings as soon as possible and bat better than they have done throughout the whole year if they want to win this test. The England team also have to keep in mind that they need to win this test in order to have a glimmer of hope retaining the Ashes Urn. They are 2-0 down with three tests remaining and it is highly unlikely that England can make a comeback, England need to find their team spirit to turn the series around.
Author Daniel Foster.
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