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twenty ninth over: England 81-2 (Crawley 67, Root 0)

Cameron Inexperienced is launched. It’s tall boy on tall boy (what?). Three balls in and Inexperienced learns to not bowl brief to this man, he crunches him brutally in entrance of sq. for 4, one other pull brief. Okay, says Inexperienced, how about brief and vast exterior off? Positive – one other three. Inexperienced goes fifth stump to Root and he’s hanging his bat at it out to level, no run. One other brief one and Root can’t match Crawley for the pull shot – he misses.

Will Macpherson

Really feel for Dawid Malan. Has been on tour since September, away from closely pregnant spouse. Put a lot in in Brisbane and Adelaide, however the 100 did not fairly occur. Appears to be like drained now.


January 9, 2022

twenty eighth over: England 72-2 (Crawley 60, Root 0)

Malan pleased to prop on the entrance foot, even with three catchers, and play Lyon from there. He finds a single behind sq.. Crawley will get on strike, and straight off – dabbing one behind level. Lyon then will get Malan!

WICKET! Malan b Lyon 4 (England 74-2)

Malan stays again and Lyon will get one to go straight by and bowls him! He’d been comfy propping on the entrance foot – however this one was sooner, flatter, and received by him. That’s drinks.


Lyon skids one by and Malan departs. {Photograph}: Mark Metcalfe – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Pictures

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twenty seventh over: England 72-1 (Crawley 59, Malan 3)


The early carry and carry seems to have subsided, with Carey taking many round his knees now. That is going to be a grind for the hosts. Deliveries two, three and 4 are left. And the fifth is clipped for 4. Straightforward pickings for Crawley. A leg stump half-volley from Starc. He chops the ultimate one in to the bottom and over Inexperienced’s head for 4. No straightforward feat! Crawley unstoppable.

From George: Hello Sam Freelance, Simply by the aspect, if anybody might inform me learn how to pronounce “bunnahabhain”, that will be of use. I stay, and so on, George


Daniel Brettig 🏏

Immediately is precisely the situation wherein Swepson can be extremely harmful. Lyon must get it proper #Ashes

January 9, 2022

twenty sixth over: England 64-1 (Crawley 51, Malan 3)

Lyon and Malan arm-wrestle an over that ends even – Malan is stable, and Lyon acquires a maiden.

Andrew Jolly says: “It’s 11am and I don’t have the style of English blood in my mouth. I don’t prefer it and it makes me really feel uneasy.”

Ben Mimmack says: “Hello Sam, after 4 robust heat up matches, England appear to be they’re adjusting properly to Australian circumstances. Now, when do the take a look at matches begin? What? Oh…”

Malan at the crease.

Malan on the crease. {Photograph}: Mark Kolbe/Getty Pictures

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twenty fifth over: England 64-1 (Crawley 51, Malan 3)

Crawley’s off strike immediately as Starc persists with that straight line that Crawley enjoys. Malan, too, occasions a push into cowl properly and will get a run. Crawley crunches an on drive that’s stopped. Man, he appears to be like like he’s enjoying a unique sport right here. I realise it appears to be like like I’m placing the “mozz” on him – I’m actually not, he simply appears to be like imperious at current.

An electronic mail that I don’t perceive however sounds humorous: “Expensive Physician Perve, it’s worthwhile to fear extra about your first title in terms of energetic trolls. John Starbuck”

twenty fourth over: England 62-1 (Crawley 50, Malan 2)

Enter Nathan Lyon, who could properly bowl unchanged for the remainder of the sport. He’s received the velocity sellers on, two males close-in catching, and two males on the boundary. Crawley punches the primary for one and there’s Crawley’s fifty, a wonderful innings. That is little question the beginning of one thing for the younger man. It’s his fifth Check fifty – there shall be many extra. How far can he go right here? He appears to be like fully untroubled. Malan is in the meantime defending safely sufficient.

twenty third over: England 61-1 (Crawley 49, Malan 2)

Starc replaces Cummins – nice win for Crawley there, who put strain on Australia’s skipper and is rewarded for it. CricViz is saying England are 0% probability to win, a provocative quantity! That merely defies arithmetic, doesn’t it? In the meantime, Malan works one to the onside for one. Starc then makes Cummins’ mistake and bowls brief to Crawley. It’s simply swivel-pulled for 4. Don’t bowl on this bloke’s hip. Starc is simply too straight once more and Crawley will get one to leg. Malan manages the rest.

Tom writes in: “Hello Sam, there’s an unsettling, tense badinage between Geoff Lawson and David Gower. There’s particular niggle. Regards, Tom, Drumcondra Library”

Inform me extra!

twenty second over: England 55-1 (Crawley 44, Malan 1)

Boland isn’t within the brief stuff, he’s full to Malan and he’s beating him with a lovely away swinger (to the left-hander). Some considered a evaluation, however declined, accurately. Malan then form of walks at Boland’s subsequent one – to interrupt up his size? – and it strikes his pad, making him look somewhat foolish. Malan was exterior the road. The subsequent ball then jumps at Malan and he rides it across the nook – it hit him on the glove and he didn’t know so much about it. Really that’s not truthful, he hit it down. Boland is on critical music right here.

The great phrase is in!

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January 8, 2022

twenty first over: England 54-1 (Crawley 44, Malan 0)

Australia constructing some strain nevertheless it’s not affecting Crawley. Once more he pumps Cummins for 4, pulling him to deep backward sq. for 4. It raced to Boland on the boundary, he went with one hand nevertheless it burst by. Cummins is again on the cash for the following couple. Only one slip now. Crawley pulls Cummins once more! Wow. These are the strokes of a assured participant. 4 runs. This one was in entrance of the wicket. You don’t see Cummins taken down like this.

twentieth over: England 46-1 (Crawley 36, Malan 0)

So Boland picks up Hameed, which supplies him 4 balls at Dawid Malan. He’s across the wicket, and Malan handles him. He’s taken 12 wickets for the collection, and Adam Collins on the radio tells us that he’s drawn stage with Pat Cummins on that entrance. Wow.

Nick Toovey

Carey’s drops will not be a priority in the event that they carry on costing completely no runs

January 8, 2022

WICKET! Hameed c Carey b Boland 9 (England 46-1)

Carey atones! Didn’t have to maneuver as far nevertheless it’s low, to the correct, and Carey snaffles it with each fingers. Hameed was caught on the crease, Boland nips one away and it will get the sting. Carey shall be relieved, to say the least.

Boland has yet another wicket.

Boland has yet one more wicket. {Photograph}: Jason McCawley – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Pictures

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nineteenth over: England 46-0 (Hameed 9, Crawley 36)

Crawley flicks Cummins off his hip from the primary ball confidently for 4. Boland can’t get there. In a while Cummins will get one to kick and Crawley will get his fingers out of the way in which. He responds by clipping Cummins strongly by midwicket for 4. He leaves the following. Good over for Crawley, good over for England.

Man Hornsby

Morning @sjjperry, this can be a predictably nervy begin from England. Despite the fact that we have been a lot better right here, the nerves and Aussie bowling nonetheless imply it looks like a collapse is all the time across the nook. A life for Hameed, you hope he takes it. What we would give for Uz in our crew.

January 8, 2022

18th over: England 38-0 (Hameed 9, Crawley 28)

One from Boland’s over right here. He’s discovering some bounce, however the defending is assured. Crawley flicks one to mid wicket to maintain it ticking over.

We’re seeing replays of Carey’s drop. Some suggestion it could be Warner’s? I don’t suppose so. The angle of Cummins’ supply means Carey’s body weight is slanted the opposite approach, however he made the bottom simply sufficient. Two fingers? Probably got here too shortly. His toes seemed heavy.

Dr Meghan Purvis

@sjjperry Sod the complete title/first title angle, should not commenters be taking pictures for the complete Australian strategy of more and more ridiculous nicknames? Given the primary syllable of my surname, I hope to decide out of this one.

January 8, 2022

seventeenth over: England 37-0 (Hameed 9, Crawley 27)

Cummins thinks he’s taken Crawley’s edge by to Carey, however I don’t suppose he’s received any buddies. Cummins is eager, however nobody else appears to be. He opts for everybody else’s view and rejects the evaluation. Snicko confirms his judgment to be right. Nice ball nonetheless. Crawley’s on the entrance foot thereafter, and he scampers by for one behind level. Inexperienced has a shy however Hameed is dwelling comfortably. Cummins then squares Hameed up and beats him on the skin. It angles in and nips away. Subsequent one takes the sting and Carey spills it! He was diving away to the correct, he went with one hand, he made sufficient floor, and if something went too far. That hurts, huge time.

sixteenth over: England 36-0 (Hameed 9, Crawley 26)

The SEN Radio crew are speaking about Australia’s ghosts from the India fixture on the SCG final yr. The brief ball strategy, no wickets within the ultimate session. Katich says “you must go on the stumps”. Boland is on the stumps right here, however Hameed is pleased defending and leaving on the entrance foot.

Gary Naylor

Re Khawaja @sjjperry, absolutely a twenty first century Check enjoying nation wants 8 batsmen, 2 keepers, 2 all-rounders, 2 spinners (3 on the subcontinent) and 6 pacers all of whom are able to play with a crimson ball with a sport that may take matches deep.

Who will get the nod is a neighborhood choice

January 8, 2022

fifteenth over: England 36-0 (Hameed 9, Crawley 26)

Some balls are leaping, others are dying. Some are quickening, others are slowing. However England appears to be like assured regardless. Cummins seems to be going vast, vast, vast, then straightening. Crawley is onto it and dealing with it calmly. Australia’s captain finds an off stump line on the finish and Crawley barely errs in trying to show it to the onside, with a touch of a forefront. In any other case, properly performed.

Australia v England

Australia v England {Photograph}: Kevin Manning/Motion Plus/REX/Shutterstock

14th over: England 36-0 (Hameed 9, Crawley 26)

Boland will get the primary three at Crawley earlier than the opener finds a single to high-quality leg, then Hameed defends the ultimate three confidently.

Judging from this tweet on my timeline, Australia has just a few ultimate day demons themselves…


As a fan the demons nonetheless linger. Simply eager about that scorching dry day and “can’t wait to get ya to the Gabba”

January 8, 2022

thirteenth over: England 35-0 (Hameed 9, Crawley 25)

Crawley works Cummins’ first across the nook for one, a leg bye. A traditional discipline for Australia. Two slips, a gully, a ahead brief leg. There’s a brief mid wicket, all of which factors to some variable bounce. Cummins is straight to Crawley once more and he works him for 3. His subsequent to Hameed seams again in a good approach, nevertheless it’s comfortably left. Hameed performs and misses on the subsequent, and Carey collects it on the bounce. That ball died a fast demise.

twelfth over: England 30-0 (Hameed 8, Crawley 22)

Boland kicks issues off and there’s a bat-pad attraction immediately, nevertheless it’s non-committal. Hameed leaves the following and Carey takes it in entrance of his face. Persevering with the theme, Boland will get one other to leap as Hameed comes ahead and it raps him on the gloves and chest. The subsequent is far the identical, however Hameed offers with it. Good indicators for Boland. A maiden.

The gamers are heading out onto the sphere. It’s overcast, there’s a smattering of individuals, The Mood Lure’s “Candy Disposition” is enjoying for the 4000th time this summer time, and we’re almost there. Australia wants 10 wickets. England wants 358 runs.

England’s Haseeb Hameed and Zak Crawley march out.

England’s Haseeb Hameed and Zak Crawley march out. {Photograph}: Rick Rycroft/AP

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Andrew Jolly on Khawaja: “I do know that Harris scores a great deal of runs within the Sheffield Defend, Burns and Sibley are the dominant openers within the county championship and nonetheless common within the mid 20s after nonetheless many possibilities in assessments. I’d most likely have given Harris one other go for Hobart if Khawaja hadn’t executed what he’d executed, however to me its an absolute no brainer.

To maintain him within the aspect can be a really English transfer.”

That settles it, he should be picked!

Andrew Benton with a prediction: “Regardless of the outcome, England have to look as if they’ve been studying. It’s all a studying course of, in spite of everything. So I predict no whack and thwack batting, nothing dangerous in any respect in truth, only a determined try and stave off defeat and bat out the day. However my predictions are often mistaken, and so they’ll be giving freely these wickets far and wide. They’ll want the rain to save lots of them.”

From Kim Thonger: “Prime of the time of day there to you Sam. Intrigued by your use of simply first names when posting emails. Would Don Bradman, emailing you, be simply Don? How would we evaluate his opinion with, say, that of Donald Duck? The previous would, within the cricketing world at the least, carry extra weight? Ian Botham would, I believe, not want to be confused with Ian McKellen, and vice-versa. No names no pack-drill has its place, however is that place on the OBO? Asking for a pal known as Isaac.”

Hello Kim Thonger! Look, most individuals are merely signing off with their first title and I’m taking their lead. To these whose surnames I’ve omitted towards their needs, I apologise! Please electronic mail me instantly along with your full names and I’ll publish them one after the other, line by line.

Right here’s Matthew through electronic mail on Khawaja: I believe the Aussie selectors are hoping somebody assessments optimistic for COVID within the subsequent week or so (not implausible given the present scenario), to allow them to slot Khawaja within the vacant slot and save a load of grief.

This can be a very smart evaluation and sure situation

Katich on Khawaja: “I assumed the case ought to have been closed for him to remain within the crew for Hobart after the primary innings, not to mention a second innings. I believe he’d executed sufficient in that first innings given the way in which that he compiled the hundred after which to again it up yesterday, he was on autopilot. We all know he’s executed the aviation diploma however he was definitely batting on autopilot yesterday. It was muscle reminiscence. He was carving the ball by covers, additional level, you title it, he hit it there. He’s simply in imperious kind. There’s no approach they’ll go away him out for Hobart. No approach.”

Simon Katich on SEN Radio this morning

Within the meantime we have now an electronic mail from Finbar: “Good night Sam, simply questioned if there may very well be another strategy for England right this moment apart from weapons blazing? Appears apparent doesn’t it? Nothing to lose and all that.”

Graham Thorpe made feedback final evening setting sights on a draw, so whereas the suggestion titillates, I believe we’re in for a day of dogged defence. Can England do it? I really suppose they’ll. The wicket seems to enhance because the day goes on, and Australia do traditionally wrestle to take away the opposition as soon as set. The choice is that they lose just a few early and the remainder go in a rush.

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Khawaja: what to do now?

He’s 35 and actualised. His rivals are … not that. Geoff Lemon explores all of it, right here.

For the sake of argument, I’d love to listen to views – particularly from the UK – on whether or not or not Khawaja ought to proceed within the aspect. My view is that he ought to. Whereas Australian groups deeply worth incumbency once they’re successful, they’re additionally allowed to enhance. Travis Head is a lock, so Marcus Harris appears to be like precarious. To date lacking from the dialog is Will Pucovski, who has his eye on the Pakistan tour. What do you suppose? Is there a case for retaining Harris?

Khawaja celebrates his second century of the match at the SCG.

Khawaja celebrates his second century of the match on the SCG. {Photograph}: Kevin Manning/Motion Plus/REX/Shutterstock

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Whats up all. Right here we go: a fifth day, a docile-enough pitch, 10 wickets in play, and 98 overs to resolve whether or not a whitewash is on or not.

At 30-0, England have cause to imagine they’ll – to make use of footballing parlance – “get one thing” from the Check. Although it got here from an admittedly low base, final evening Crawley and Hameed seemed as assured as they’ve all collection, and shall be eager to proceed on within the day’s opening exchanges.

Because the day wears on and wickets inevitably fall, the guests, after all, shall be counting on quite a few guys carrying damage. Every of Stokes, Bairstow and Butler are strolling wounded however are anticipated to bat.

It’s a day for close-in fields, unusual plans, and digging in. The climate, as ever, is doubtful. The morning is supposed to be OK, nevertheless it’s meant to worsen because the day goes on. Then once more, they’ve stated that for the final three days and rain has barely intervened.

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