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This is the first drop in pitch at Adelaide and is described as drier than normal. It will play more like a 4th day pitch and England are in big trouble because they lost the toss, dropped so many catches, and we have so many runs on the board.

The pitch won`t be super easy to bat on. Expect turn and inconsistent bounce and the ball not coming through.
Yes indeed...I had overlooked the fact that this is a drop-in pitch. England are mentally fragile (no sledge intended!) after the battering in the first Test. Lyon can exploit the pitch in that case and Smith can toss up a few. I think whatever happens today will define the rest of Series. Interesting!
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The Aussie bowlers are doing all the right things, with Carberry and Bell the last line of resistance for England in the first innings. Carberry's just picked up his maiden Test 50 ... I hope the unreviewed LBW off the last ball of yesterday, when he was on 20, won't prove much more costly.

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I love cricket! Perfect example of how strategic Test cricket is: Watson and Harris just served up 5 consecutive maiden overs, Carberry felt the pressure, lashed out and got caught off the last ball of the fifth maiden over. Out for 60 -- that non-review cost 40 runs. Great bowling by Harris and Watto.
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Re: Ashes 2013 on YouTube

I was just about to write England are gone at 5-117 but now they are 6-117. If they don`t keep us out in the field much longer there will be no need to bat again and freshen up the bowlers.

The only thing saving England is the weather. If we go 2-0 up it`s most likely all over as their batsman are so out of form, the bowlers not in great shape, and up next is the WACA. Could be 3-0 before they have a chance to blink twice.

Not counting chickens or anything though ;-).
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Mitch, you match-winner! Hattrick? Oooooohhhh. Very close!

I hope Clarke enforces the follow-on.
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No follow on. Please don't bat too long, Pup. I'm not sure we can rely on England to implode every time.
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I was just about to write England are gone at 5-117 but now they are 6-117. If they don`t keep us out in the field much longer there will be no need to bat again and freshen up the bowlers.

The only thing saving England is the weather. If we go 2-0 up it`s most likely all over as their batsman are so out of form, the bowlers not in great shape, and up next is the WACA. Could be 3-0 before they have a chance to blink twice.

Not counting chickens or anything though ;-).
The weather saved England in the UK now they look very fragile. To think they wrote Johnson off as unable to bowl and he mops up 7-40

What hate to see what a good aussie team would do to this bunch of school kids
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Re: Ashes 2013 on YouTube

A total lead of 530 with two full days to go should be more than enough. Pup should declare immediately. In fact there should have been a follow-on. I guess he would allow Warner to complete his 100 first tomorrow and then declare. With a rampant Johnson and the 4th day pitch, we have a slaughter on hand.
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A total lead of 530 with two full days to go should be more than enough. Pup should declare immediately. In fact there should have been a follow-on. I guess he would allow Warner to complete his 100 first tomorrow and then declare. With a rampant Johnson and the 4th day pitch, we have a slaughter on hand.
I think it's good that he rested his bowlers.

Bowling at 90mph for extended periods of time isn't easy and if Mitch gets an injury then this would all be a lot closer!
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I think it's good that he rested his bowlers.

Bowling at 90mph for extended periods of time isn't easy and if Mitch gets an injury then this would all be a lot closer!
You have a point - considering how fragile the Aussie pacers have been lately. Having said that, imagine the ignominy of following-on and an innings defeat! I suppose follow-on went out of fashion with Aussie Captains after Kolkatta 2001.
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Re: Ashes 2013 on YouTube

Looking forward to the third test.
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Re: Ashes 2013 on YouTube

Could be rain in Adelaide till lunchtime tomorrow. I really hope I don't have to say "told you so" this time tomorrow!

I've never liked the argument that not enforcing the follow on allows the bowlers to get a rest. In this instance, the bowlers got half a day's rest while the near-certainty of a win is jeopardised. Had England followed on, an Australian victory on the fourth day was all but assured, and the bowlers could then recuperate for four days straight before the third Test. As it is, they'll get three.

Given that they had six whole sessions (weather permitting), if just two of the English top six had fired or even just hung on to their wickets, a draw (or even a win for England) would have been likely. Sure, 531 is a huge fourth innings target, but they only had to score at a sedate 2.95 runs per over.

I hope rain doesn't ruin this Test.
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Could be rain in Adelaide till lunchtime tomorrow. I really hope I don't have to say "told you so" this time tomorrow!

I've never liked the argument that not enforcing the follow on allows the bowlers to get a rest. In this instance, the bowlers got half a day's rest while the near-certainty of a win is jeopardised. Had England followed on, an Australian victory on the fourth day was all but assured, and the bowlers could then recuperate for four days straight before the third Test. As it is, they'll get three.

Given that they had six whole sessions (weather permitting), if just two of the English top six had fired or even just hung on to their wickets, a draw (or even a win for England) would have been likely. Sure, 531 is a huge fourth innings target, but they only had to score at a sedate 2.95 runs per over.

I hope rain doesn't ruin this Test.
A draw would bring the series alive. I'm hoping for one
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I'm hoping for 5-0.
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I'm hoping for 5-0.
I don't think that is possible. England has already lost 2, I guess the best they can do is 3-2.
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I can tolerate losing, even losing the Ashes, but England's abject surrender makes my stomach turn
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I can tolerate losing, even losing the Ashes, but England's abject surrender makes my stomach turn
Yup. I enjoy watching England lose as much as an Aussie but I would prefer some close battles.
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Re: Ashes 2013 on YouTube

There's cricket on?

I hadn't noticed
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Re: Ashes 2013 on YouTube

it really looks like most England players couldn't give a damn
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I don't think that is possible. England has already lost 2, I guess the best they can do is 3-2.
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