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.

Teams

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.

Toss

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?

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86 responses to “The Ashes 2013: Chester-le-Street”

  1. Judge Droid says :

    I’ll be all alone on this one I think. Let’s see how many comments I can rack up.

  2. Judge Droid says :

    Harris bowls a no ball first up.

  3. Xiphos0311 says :

    Cook you COCK!

  4. Judge Droid says :

    Root’s gone. Another on-field umpire error. This time corrected by DRS.

    I’m not convinced of Root. Apart from his 180, which is a good innings, he’s made fuck all. And he makes fuck all at the slowest possible run rate. Plus, he should have been out for about 10 at Lords, when he went on to score 180.

  5. Judge Droid says :

    1/57 for the morning session. Cook’s basically leaving everything. It’s as dull as dogshit so far.

  6. Judge Droid says :

    Done Lyon. Trott looked alright there. Better than he has in the last couple of tests anyway.

  7. Judge Droid says :

    4/155 at tea. Even session in the end. Poms picked up the pace, but Aussies picked up a couple of late wickets.

  8. Judge Droid says :

    Should be bowling Sids here instead of BIrd.

  9. Judge Droid says :

    Bowled Bird. 238 all out is a top effort. Looks to be swinging though, so Aussies are going to have to work for it.

  10. Judge Droid says :

    4-148 at tea. Aussies session. 1-73 from it. Watto’s done well. Rogers has been excellent.

  11. Judge Droid says :

    This is where we see how poor a captain Cook is. Both batsmen look fairly comfortable at the moment, and Cook doesn’t have any idea how to get them out. He’s just bowling Broad, hoping he’ll have another great spell like this morning. But the ball isn’t moving anywhere near as much any more.

  12. Judge Droid says :

    50 for Watto. Well batted. Go on with it, mate.

  13. Judge Droid says :

    Going off early for bad light.

  14. Judge Droid says :

    5- 222. 17 runs behind. Australia’s day in the end. Poms owned the first session. Broad in particular. Superb bowling on a pitch that seamed at right angles. Rogers made it through that assault and made his way to a well deserved century. Watto batted well. If we can get a lead of 100 or so we’ll be in good shape. Can see two low scores in the 3rd and 4th innings.

  15. Judge Droid says :

    Right. Need to bat through this session at least. New ball in 5 overs.

  16. Judge Droid says :

    Looked pretty out to me.

  17. Judge Droid says :

    Shit. Faintest touch of glove there. Still, great innings from Rogers.

  18. Judge Droid says :

    Lead of 32. Not as much as we would have liked, but at least it’s a lead.

  19. Judge Droid says :

    Absolute beauty from Harris. Root remains unconvincing.

  20. Judge Droid says :

    Harris on a hat-trick.

  21. Xiphos0311 says :

    it’s yeoman work you’re doing here talking to yourself.

  22. Judge Droid says :

    Tony Hill has got to be the worst umpire in this series. And that’s saying something. He gets nearly every decision wrong. He just gave Rogers out caught behind and it was overturned on review.

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