England has played host to some brilliant cricket so far in this Ashes test. Favourites from the start Australia have really played well during the first two tests, despite their initial loss. But the away team seem to have lost form at Edgbaston.
It’s all set to be just a little bit exciting for cricket fans at Edgbaston today. As Australia currently lead the test by only twenty three runs. This series is proving to be far better than the last for England, which saw Australia take the Ashes in a total White wash victory.
England’s Captain, Alistair Cook, has previously expressed that Edgbaston is England’s favourite home ground. The team have made some great scores, and have superb averages, from previous test matches there. The crowds at Edgbaston are said to be incomparable to anywhere else, and Cook has stated that, the fans at Edgbaston make the team feel as though they have a twelfth man.
So far Test one was a lucky win for England. The second test, at Lords, saw Australia wipe the floor with the home team. Test number three is making the headlines for all the right reasons, at least for England.
Day one at Edgbaston resulted in Australia winning the toss after Captain, Michael Clarke called tails. The winners of the toss opted to bat first leading the way and providing England with the knowledge of just what they would be chasing. In hindsight this was perhaps the wrong decision for Australia but the right one for England.
First to Bowl, on an adequately firm wicket, England got off to a flying start and really started the game as they intended to go on. Anderson delivered some amazing balls to the crease and added some phenomenal figures to his personal bowling averages. Including a couple of maidens, adding six wickets to his name, will stand the young talent in good stead.
As the wickets fell one by one the number of runs for England to match became more and more within reach. England’s first innings resulted in the home team achieving more than double the score of the away side. Despite England’s two hundred and eighty one runs to Australia’s one hundred and thirty six, the game is not yet won. England needed to repeat the bowling efforts they put in on day one of the test.
Australia are now in for their second innings, England are indeed once again on form with their bowling and the away side lead by just twenty three runs after losing seven wickets. Things are looking good for England as they anticipate taking down the last of Australia’s wickets. Following on from excellent bowling yet again, they should very easily, be able to make up the deficit in their second innings.
Author Lisa Wood
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