The Ashes 2013: Chester-le-Street
And then the English “summer” kicked in.
Old Trafford ended up a draw thanks to the rain, which denied Australia a deserved win that would have kept the series alive. Alas, it was not to be, and the Poms have retained the Ashes. But there’s still two tests to go, and the series can be tied up. This doesn’t mean much in the context of this series, but it would be a huge confidence boost to the Aussies in the return series beginning in November.
Jarv’s away on holiday for the duration I think, so this may be a very one-sided conversation.
England – 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Joe Root, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Jonny Bairstow, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 James Anderson.
Australia – 1 David Warner, 2 Chris Rogers, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Shane Watson, 6 Steve Smith, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Peter Siddle, 9 Ryan Harris, 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Jackson Bird.
The only change is Jackson Bird coming in for the wayward Mitchell Starc. Bit of a loss in the batting column, but a bowler’s selected to bowl, not bat. Should be interesting to see how Bird goes.
Alastair Cook won the toss. England will bat first.
It’s early August in the UK. So it’s 16 degrees and cloudy. The ball should swing. It’s not such a bad toss to lose this one. The only question is, how soon will we have our first DRS controversy?