The Ashes


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The Ashes

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Nov. 19, 2006, 7:49am

So what do we reckon? Can England hold them or will the Aussies get their revenge?

Nov. 20, 2006, 2:28pm

Think the Aussies will win but it might be a bit closer than some have suggested - a lot depends on how McGrath and Warne bowl and how England cope with the absence of Trescothick and Jones.
Should be a good series though - a big challenge for me will be avoiding the score until the highlights come on the BBC!

Nov. 21, 2006, 7:33am

I'll go for the Aussies.

The deciding factors may be injuries and fast bowling. Last time England were lucky to be able to play a fixed side throughout the series. The Aussies were lacking support for Glen McGrath, and he was out for three games including both England wins.

Jul. 3, 2009, 7:13am

Thought I'd revive this in the hope that it might revive English cricket enough to regain the ashes. Personally I'd give us a chance of a test win but not a series win, mind you the warm up matches seem to be suggesting another story?

Jul. 3, 2009, 7:38am

Even the tour matches have good things happening for us Aussies. Hussey with a ton and more importantly, batting five or so hours; and Lee finding his Mojo and some reverse swing (must be a better class of mints in England?)

Jul. 3, 2009, 8:10am

I am finding it too hard to call. I gave up my chance for tickets to this series because I thought that the quality of the cricket would be low. I may yet rue this. Mind you, I really think that I could not stand a single further day of shoddy cricket at any ground this year.

Jul. 6, 2009, 9:21am

I'm going to be spending this summer being unashamedly nationalistic (and I may have made that word up just to describe the good-natured Aussie bashing that will ensue). TheoClarke, I second you on the shoddy cricket. I'm hoping for a miraculous Brit revival (hell, I'm English, we always hope for a miraculous revival ... if wishes were wickets and all that!). Losing Brett Lee for a couple of tests can't hurt our chances. I think that the sledging will be below par this season now Warne's off the pitch ...

Jul. 8, 2009, 8:10am

OK not a particularly good first morning for England. For sure they'd have been happier with 100 for 2 or better but at least they didn't roll over (yet). It would be nice to see Collingwood and Pietersen put a partnership together as there's been a lot of concentration on all the new faces in the run up to the match.

Jul. 8, 2009, 8:28am

I'd say we take the points for the first session. I'm not normally a big fan of our "MJ", but there was some good overs in there. Bopara never looked comfortable, but he wasn't Robinson Crusoe!

Off to bed now. Recording the rest of the day's play, but I'm not sure when, if ever, I'll get to watch it.

Jul. 8, 2009, 8:30am

Sleep well. I really hope you wake up to 400 for 3 (in the nicest possible friendly rivalry LT way).

I give you 70-30 for the first session for sure.

Jul. 8, 2009, 10:44am

I claim the second session for England though 80-20. A few more runs would have been nice and both batsmen looked uncomfortable at times but they're still there. 400 for 3 might be pushing it but how about 320 for 3 at the close!!!

Jul. 8, 2009, 5:16pm

Well your 320 at stumps was pretty close, only 16 runs off!

I've only seen the round-up of the rest of the day's play so I can't score the sessions, but I'd say we took the points for the day.

Jul. 9, 2009, 2:59am

Yeah, I'll give you 60-40 for the day. I was looking for a first innings of 400+, now we would be happy with 370 I guess which is a bit below par probably. Still as a first day of an ashes series it's better than a few I can remember...

Jul. 9, 2009, 5:23am

The use of spin on day 2 should be interesting. As some say, "Here we go, here we go, here we go".

Jul. 15, 2009, 12:19am

I was really disappointed with the outcome, I think we (Aussies) definitely played well enough to have won - though the results disagree!

Jul. 15, 2009, 3:09am

*keeping very quiet*

Jul. 15, 2009, 4:35am

Bazza, I wondered where you'd got to after day 1. Seconds out, round 2. Lord's (why isn't it Lords'). 1934 or something since you last beat Australia there.

Jul. 15, 2009, 4:54am

>17 justjim: The site was developed by Thomas Lord. There was only one of him; hence the placing of the apostrophe. The 75th anniversary of our last victory seems portentous.

Jul. 15, 2009, 4:59am

Well I never! Actually I probably did know that once but the memory seems to be turning into a forgettory these days. Nothing to do with the House of... then?

Jul. 15, 2009, 5:00am

Last time we won the ashes we lost the first test so as I see it we're one better already!

Bearbeitet: Jul. 15, 2009, 5:04am

Yes, but you've lost the Lord's test since Noah was an Able Seaman, including last time you won the Ashes!

ETA: Putting bold tags around the apostrophe in Lord's to show that I've learned my lesson didn't do a great deal, did it?

Jul. 15, 2009, 5:31am

It looks more like a little ° symbol.

I'm actually back in the UK during this next test so all I need to do is persuade the couple whose wedding we're going to to not bother and then I might get down there in time ;-)

...for the rain

Jul. 15, 2009, 5:34am

Wow, Flintoff is about to announce his retirement from Test Cricket (after the Ashes) - how sad is that?

Jul. 15, 2009, 5:35am

Sad but unsurprising with his injury history recently ...

Jul. 15, 2009, 5:35am

There's also the small (for you, I'm sure) matter of the hundreds of pounds for tickets from a scalper at this late stage. And if you've already bought tickets you are in so much trouble from happy couple...

Jul. 16, 2009, 5:58am

So, England take to the field to bat for the first innings of their first Ashes victory at Lord's for 75 years ... gosh! It is hard to type with crossed fingers.

Jul. 16, 2009, 8:07am

Well I'll give you that session. Pretty comprehensively too. I'm glad I got it in early (post #9) that I wasn't a great fan of Mitch. Arm angle all wrong, seam all over the shop.

Best ever opening partnership for England I believe... mind you it was that at 0/50! Sorry, 50/0 - when in Rome...

Jul. 16, 2009, 10:15am

Forget I said that about the opening partnership, that was 182/0. Don't know why I believe commentators!

Why, oh why don't we have Ritchie Benaud commentating right now??? 222/2!

Jul. 17, 2009, 1:17am

I'm a fan of Mitch, but I know he's not playing so well at the moment - I blame his crazy mother!

Bearbeitet: Jul. 17, 2009, 6:05am

It seems to me that England won the first two sessions while the Aussies won the third. I guess that the English tail may draw it out to 450 all out and I imagine that the visitors will be able to match that.

ETA: 450? Hollow laughter now that Strauss is out second ball of the day!

Bearbeitet: Jul. 18, 2009, 10:53am

Not happy with our Aussie team's performance so far at all this test! We only avoided the follow on because England wanted to bat! Not sure why they made that decision, I think the pressure was right on & avoiding the follow on would have given the Aussies a lil confidence... Still, right now it looks like England's on their way to winning their first Ashes test at Lord's in however many years it is...

Jul. 18, 2009, 7:21pm

75! It is 75 years! 1934! Three quarters of a century! But let us not count chickens ...

Jul. 18, 2009, 7:56pm

No Xmas card for Rudi!

Jul. 20, 2009, 5:34am

Telecast just started here with a sort of punk version of "The Impossible Dream". Fingers, toes, eyes crossed.

Wait... eyes uncrossed again, can't see the telly.


Jul. 20, 2009, 6:32am

I need it to be over in the next two hours... we have to take a birthday girl to see the Harry Potter movie early this afternoon! That first wicket this morning is probably enough to start the required slide.

Jul. 20, 2009, 7:45am


Well there you go Theo, enjoy the movie.

Bearbeitet: Jul. 20, 2009, 12:18pm

Great result followed by a great movie. Now off for dinner and gloating.

ETA Did I mention that it has been 75 years?

Jul. 21, 2009, 3:48am

So this is the weekend I choose to be AFK - aaarrrggghh.

Good luck against Northants!

Jul. 31, 2009, 6:24am

Not to over-react, but I think that's the last we'll see of "Mr Cricket".

Jul. 31, 2009, 10:45am

I suspect that we will see several embarrasing wickets today.

Aug. 7, 2009, 6:15am

Arghhh running late for the start. There's talk of changes on both teams- I'll pick it up shortly. All the best to both sides.


Aug. 7, 2009, 6:18am

Damn, by all accounts he should of been out first ball but....

Still it looks a good pitch at the moment so we need 450+

Bearbeitet: Aug. 7, 2009, 7:34am

Hmmm... this is not making good viewing for Brits just now. I begin to hope for a low scoring match.

ETA the conventional E in viewing.

Aug. 7, 2009, 8:01am

Wow! Sixfer at lunch!

Aug. 7, 2009, 9:40am

Yurgh... 108 all out and the Aussies come out blazing.

Bearbeitet: Aug. 8, 2009, 1:36am

Yowzer! I was at the balet last night so missed the start of play, but when we got in the car to leave England were 6/72! & Stuart Clarke was on 3/7 - where has he been our whole series!!!

I tried so hard to stay awake when I got home to watch but fell asleep when we were 1/23ish...

Good to see Ponting went on a bit & sad to see Hussy's still in his rut... Looks like Ricky wasn't only making excuses when he said that we like to come from behind in a series. & looks like the Aussies havn't lost The Ashes yet!

Bearbeitet: Aug. 9, 2009, 4:13am

Seconds out. Round 3 (cue round-card-carrying bikini girls).

England look flat and it is very likely to go to the fifth test at "Brit Oval" (is that the same as "The Oval"?) one apiece.

All the best to both sides.

ps Sorry* about waking you up early.


*Damn I wish I'd thought of that.

Aug. 9, 2009, 5:51am

Brit Assurance took over sponsoring the Kennington Oval (home of Surrey County Cricket Club) from Fosters.

Did you notice how I avoided discussing the test series?

Aug. 9, 2009, 6:40am

What, no movie to catch Theo?

Bearbeitet: Aug. 9, 2009, 2:06pm

Today it was a social breakfast, the first game of our football season, and a country garden party. Nobody mentioned the cricket much. :)

ETF tyop

Aug. 20, 2009, 5:33am

Five days, one match, winner take all. All the best.

Aug. 20, 2009, 7:29pm

Morning session was England's but we hit back after lunch. Bummer I only got to watch the morning session, I wanted to stay up but no can do with an early start at work today. Hopefully I'll be able to stay awake tonight to see more :)

Aug. 21, 2009, 10:41am

Arghhh! Watto, Punter, Mr Cricket & the Pup - Who is this 12-YO N'Synch lookalike?

Aug. 21, 2009, 11:10am

And more to the point where has he been for the rest of the series?

Aug. 21, 2009, 11:19am

Now he's gone and got a 5fer, and the spell continues!

Aug. 23, 2009, 9:09pm

Congratulations to all England supporters.

Let the purge begin!

Aug. 23, 2009, 10:43pm

Congrats to England :)

Well at least it was an interesting series!

Sept. 3, 2009, 9:15am

Thanks for the generous spirit.

What was I thinking when I planned to go on holiday on the Sunday of the last test - never will I make that mistake again.