2015 Ashes – 3rd Test Day 3

This should be the last day; it would be an incredible (or rainy) day if it wasn’t. Here is the portal for comments as England go 2-1 up. If that isn’t the case, well…..

Of course I’ll be in meetings again when the action is on. Been a great test for action by all reports. Not bitter.

Have a good day.


93 thoughts on “2015 Ashes – 3rd Test Day 3

  1. OscarDaBosca Jul 31, 2015 / 8:55 am

    I have a mild case of ‘The Fear’. The way Broad and Finn bowled yesterday, wish fresh legs I am hoping that the Australian innings will last 3 more overs, but the fear remains they will keep going until lunch, leaving us a tricky 120 runs.


    • Zephirine Jul 31, 2015 / 9:38 am

      Fairytale ending: that happens, they leave us a tricky 120, of which Lyth 10*, Cook 10, Bell 101*.


      • Arron Wright Jul 31, 2015 / 9:42 am

        My fairytale would actually be a tied Test; would love to see one before popping off. I was actually gutted when Haddin got out at Trent Bridge in 2013, for that reason!


      • OscarDaBosca Jul 31, 2015 / 9:51 am

        Fairytale ending, Finn takes 3 wickets to go to 100 wickets at an average of below 30. Not bad for a guy that can’t play attritional cricket.


      • Arron Wright Jul 31, 2015 / 1:08 pm

        Michael Clarke cannot possibly have had a worse Test than this, surely.


    • Tony Bennett Jul 31, 2015 / 11:50 am

      That was spot on!


  2. SimonH Jul 31, 2015 / 9:25 am

    Anyone heard more? Specifically, is it a muscle strain or a muscle tear?


  3. paulewart Jul 31, 2015 / 9:25 am

    Confirmed: Jimmy’s out of the Trent Bridge Test and will be evaluated for The Oval. Big blow that, could it be a Glenn McGrath moment?


    • metatone Jul 31, 2015 / 9:50 am

      Certainly could be.
      Broad and Finn will likely open the bowling.
      Who can step in? Wood might return to fitness? Or is this Footit’s big chance?
      Or will the weather and the groundsman mean a chance for Rashid (assuming his finger has recovered)?
      Whoever it is, you have to feel we’re weaker for it, if the ball is moving…


      • OscarDaBosca Jul 31, 2015 / 9:52 am

        We are weaker for it, but it gives us a chance to see how Wood, Finn and Broad work together.


      • SimonH Jul 31, 2015 / 9:54 am

        Wood, surely?


  4. OscarDaBosca Jul 31, 2015 / 10:14 am

    24 runs in 3 overs. Pitch looks flat, but a small total does weird things to cricket teams


  5. OscarDaBosca Jul 31, 2015 / 10:18 am

    Ffs 5 slips in Finn’s first over. 2nd over 3 slips and a gully, anyone want to guess a) where an edge just went and b) what the field is now?

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  6. OscarDaBosca Jul 31, 2015 / 10:23 am

    Nevil caught behind off the glove, but umpire doesn’t give it and no reviews left


  7. SimonH Jul 31, 2015 / 10:24 am

    Nevill ‘caught’ down the leg-side. Umpire didn’t give it. Only Buttler really appealed. England didn’t review it. Replays show white mark on glove and noise on Snicko.


    • SteveT Jul 31, 2015 / 10:28 am

      Got a horrible feeling there’s going to be a sting in the tail of this match. That Aussie lower order has got them out of some scrapes over the past few yrs. Hope I’m wrong but I’m finding it hard to listen at the moment.


    • Ian Jul 31, 2015 / 10:30 am

      England couldn’t review it.


      • SimonH Jul 31, 2015 / 11:51 am

        Oops – I’d forgotten that.


  8. Arron Wright Jul 31, 2015 / 10:29 am

    Quick reminder that, in my 34 years of Ashes cricket, Australia have never won a Test by a margin closer than 55 runs.


  9. OscarDaBosca Jul 31, 2015 / 10:44 am

    Nevil out, reviewed a caught behind, think it may have hit his hip as well as his bat

    2 left, come on England let’s end this quickly please


    • SteveT Jul 31, 2015 / 10:48 am

      It worked! I’ve had to switch off because I’m too tense!!


      • OscarDaBosca Jul 31, 2015 / 10:51 am

        I deliberately had a wander round the ground just before tea yesterday, heard the wicket and decided to wait until Clark was out before I would return to my seat.

        Magic thinking of the hugest order but it worked!!


  10. OscarDaBosca Jul 31, 2015 / 10:48 am

    Michael Holding has just commented that ‘Finn has been a bit expensive!’ – nice wry commentary


  11. Fred Jul 31, 2015 / 11:17 am

    that’s it, the 100 lead is up. England will have to genuinely bat again now, rather than just scratch around a bit. They’re still overwhelming favourites but Johnson will already be starting to snort and paw the ground.


    • SteveT Jul 31, 2015 / 11:20 am

      Feeling sick with tension at the moment. Knowing how crap we are at bowling at tail-enders and these ones are half-decent.


  12. OscarDaBosca Jul 31, 2015 / 11:19 am

    Hazelwood gone, Stokes bowler great catch from Root. Starc had just plundered 10 of an Ali over. Lead is 100, Stokes almost had 2 in 2 , lbw shout a bit high. Oh and another probably down leg


  13. Arron Wright Jul 31, 2015 / 11:20 am

    Brearleyesque that: winding up Stokes by putting Root on before him.


  14. Zephirine Jul 31, 2015 / 11:21 am

    Ben Stokes is a contender for the Monty Panesar Award for Dramatic Appealing.


  15. OscarDaBosca Jul 31, 2015 / 11:21 am

    Stokes 2nd lbw shout was good, not even umpires call


  16. OscarDaBosca Jul 31, 2015 / 11:25 am

    Lyon will bowl well on this pitch in the 2nd innings.


    • Arron Wright Jul 31, 2015 / 11:34 am

      From cricinfo:

      “SatzV: “England are treating Starc like a batsman instead of all-rounder.. by spreading the field for him and attacking Lyon alone!! ” ”

      Is this true?


      • OscarDaBosca Jul 31, 2015 / 11:41 am

        Yes, Cook spread the field very early for Starc, and in a day 4 at headingley were giving him singles to bowl at Hazelwood.

        The pitch is good though. If England bat properly on this (see off the new ball) they should knock off the runs easily


  17. OscarDaBosca Jul 31, 2015 / 11:45 am

    All out, England need 121 to win, not sure whether they will face a tricky one over spell before lunch


  18. Zephirine Jul 31, 2015 / 11:47 am

    And a tricky 121 it is.


    • Arron Wright Jul 31, 2015 / 11:48 am

      Naah, 6 wicket margin minimum.


    • Tuffers86 Jul 31, 2015 / 11:49 am

      Pitch looks like it has flattened out a bit. See off the new ball and it should be OK.


      • SteveT Jul 31, 2015 / 11:52 am

        103 after 37 overs will not be enough this time. Will Lyth last till lunch?


    • SimonH Jul 31, 2015 / 11:54 am

      No team has defended 121 in the last decade of Test cricket.

      Chance for some red ink for the captain (as Selvey will no doubt soon be Tweeting).


      • SimonH Jul 31, 2015 / 12:07 pm

        Not a fifth day pitch either this – should be at its best for batting now.


  19. Arron Wright Jul 31, 2015 / 11:54 am

    Bet we’ll have a bit of funk if there’s an over or two before lunch.


    • Arron Wright Jul 31, 2015 / 12:04 pm

      No. Surprisingly prosaic choice of bowlers.


  20. paulewart Jul 31, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    Wait for the ‘there’s no-one you’d rather see coming in to bat in such circumstances’ nonsense.


    • Zephirine Jul 31, 2015 / 12:15 pm

      Heard it already – Nasser saying the team will ‘feel comfortable’ as long as Cook’s at the crease.


      • Grenville Jul 31, 2015 / 12:41 pm

        That’s probably true, though. If Cook’s still in then either England haven’t lost many or, if they have, then they’ll still have a real chance and Cook will be doing ok. England to win here by 8. (ruining my pre-series prediction. Bastards).


      • SteveT Jul 31, 2015 / 12:42 pm

        This SHOULD be straightforward, but I bet it isn’t. Maybe it’s just me!


      • SteveT Jul 31, 2015 / 12:47 pm

        Lyon on, turn and bounce!


      • Fred Jul 31, 2015 / 12:52 pm

        Oops. Looks like the team is not going to feel comfortable after all.
        I follow your logic Grenville but it wasn’t meant that way, it was just another declaration of (misplaced) confidence in Cook. It would have been more realistic to use Root in that sentence, he’s the outstanding batsman in the team.


      • Grenville Jul 31, 2015 / 1:13 pm

        You are, of course, right, Fred. I did think it was a bit like getting the right time from a stopped clock.


  21. Grenville Jul 31, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    stop with the clever-clever, put Mitch on.


    • Grenville Jul 31, 2015 / 12:51 pm

      what do I know. Poor doe-eyed dear.


      • SteveT Jul 31, 2015 / 12:56 pm

        Jaffa that nailed him, maybe stuck on the crease a bit?


      • SteveT Jul 31, 2015 / 1:04 pm

        Bell gets away with another brain-fart. Trying to run it through the slips (why?) and Clarke drops a sitter.


  22. OscarDaBosca Jul 31, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    Looks as though Bells got something booked for later, 12 runs off Starc and a bonus drop by Clark. The rate he is scoring Zeph’s prediction will come true


    • Zephirine Jul 31, 2015 / 1:12 pm

      Looks like Bell reads the blog!


  23. Tuffers86 Jul 31, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    Only thing I can guess why Bell is playing like a prat is to get Johnson on and get his spell out of the way. He has his wish.


    • SteveT Jul 31, 2015 / 1:22 pm

      Lyth gone LBW, at least he didn’t nick off!! Where is Swann on TMS, has he quit half way through an Ashes series again?

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      • Fred Jul 31, 2015 / 1:26 pm

        It’s been a grim test for Australia but they will be happy at least they’ve kept Cook and Lyth quiet in both innings.


      • MM Aug 1, 2015 / 9:45 am

        10/10 Sir!


  24. SimonH Jul 31, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Anyone who’s watched Root knows his release shot to a spinner is the slog sweep to deep mid-wicket. Lyon comes on, Root slog sweeps and skies it, no fielder at deep mid-wicket.

    Perhaps Mickey Arthur had a point about Australia need to do their homework?


    • SteveT Jul 31, 2015 / 2:20 pm

      Another 50 for Bell, 33 needed, Surely even England can’t cock this one up. So that’s Bell safe. What to do with Lyth? Should really give him the summer, but then we will have to blood another opener in UAE. He doesn’t seem to know where his off-stump is, and that is a recipe for a short test career (Ask Morgan, Robson, Key, Crawley etc.).


      • OscarDaBosca Jul 31, 2015 / 2:54 pm

        Blood Hales now, not fair on Lyth but it would be the right move


  25. SimonH Jul 31, 2015 / 2:27 pm

    How many in the press box had Bell to make the crucial fifty as opposed to, well you know……?

    How many articles will credit Bell himself as opposed to Strauss’s genius in promoting him up the order while saying “Bell thrives on responsibility” without mentioning the impact being stripped of the vice-captaincy had on him or all the times he should have been at No.3 and wasn’t?

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    • paulewart Jul 31, 2015 / 5:04 pm

      How many will note the 18 wasted months. Like KP says, Bell should have been at 3 since Trott left the tour.


  26. pktroll (@pktroll) Jul 31, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    I don’t suppose the press box will mention too much that Cook hasn’t actually done that well with the bat this series so far too.

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    • SteveT Jul 31, 2015 / 2:55 pm

      It’s all over, straightforward after all, shows how much I know!


    • paulewart Jul 31, 2015 / 5:05 pm

      Aye but I’ll bet he sweated blood. Not that he sweats, mind.


  27. Zephirine Jul 31, 2015 / 3:11 pm

    Hooray for Bell!!

    I really thought he’d had enough, a little while ago, I thought he wanted out of the England side. But it looks as if he’s picked up again.

    Over the years I’ve got fond of Bell. I like his little Clint Eastwood sneer as he faces the bowler, and his endless variations on the gingery stubblebeard. And not to go too poetseye on y’all, but he really has been messed about at times.

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  28. wrongunatlongon Jul 31, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    I don’t know how much to read into Bell being top match scorer. My heart wants to proclaim him as ‘BACK’, my head wants to say he’s a solitary poor Test away from being under pressure again. Both knocks were very useful, either way – 118 runs for one wicket, in a Test of only 800 odd in total, is not insignificant.

    Of course the real story here is Finn and Anderson, 6 wicket hauls and limiting Australia to just 401 runs across the whole Test. Anderson’s absence is a little scary, to be frank, whilst we’re all hoping Finn is ‘BACK’…


  29. Zephirine Jul 31, 2015 / 3:22 pm

    Cook good in his post-match interview, quite normal. No erms, no upspeak.


        • LordCanisLupus Jul 31, 2015 / 6:04 pm

          Check out my twitter feed for a classic trifecta from the journos.


      • Arron Wright Jul 31, 2015 / 8:30 pm

        Semi-serious question: have you maintained your Cricketer sub solely for the sake of this blog? There’s no way I could put up with shite like that if I was paying to be entertained or enlightened.


        • LordCanisLupus Jul 31, 2015 / 9:24 pm

          They were sneaky this year. I am sure my annual renewal comes up in September, but the cheeky scamps decided this year to do it in June. So no chance to cancel in advance…

          But, I do keep it going because it gives great material for laughs. Today’s is special.

          Michael Henderson’s piece is a massive diatribe about TMS. How Jim Maxwell is great, so is Jeremy Coney, but Adam Mountford is a clown for sacking Selvey “because he refused to pretend, in the fatuous phrase used by a former head of BBC radio sport, that every ball should be an event.

          He uses the article to berate Michael Vaughan for not speaking proper, and more reasonably, slaughtering FICJAM for being in love with himself.

          But Selfey’s love letter to Pringle is about as low as I’ve ever seen in this magazine. It’s hilarious. “He was a terrific correspondent, incredibly well informed, with a wealth of technical knowledge”.

          I’m sorry, but this still sums Muppet up for me. Well informed…. https://dmitrihdwlia.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/a-muppet-writes-this-week/


      • Arron Wright Jul 31, 2015 / 8:57 pm

        And on a related theme, anyone else think Selvey enjoyed his paragraph about Clarke a little too much?


  30. SimonH Jul 31, 2015 / 4:20 pm

    Is there a prize for the first to spot a ‘Kevin Who?’ article?


  31. lionel joseph Jul 31, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    I’m looking forward to Scyld Berry’s ratings….

    one presumes he’s going to have to employ some sort of spinal tap adjustment to keep everything calibrated with the marks he gave England after Lord’s.


  32. emasl Jul 31, 2015 / 6:14 pm

    I have made it clear to anybody who is interested, ie nil, that I am supporting the Aussies this year and will do so as long as Captain Cook is there. However, I am simply delighted that Finn is back and has done so well. After all the crap he has had to put up with it must be a great feeling and so happy for him

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  33. SimonH Jul 31, 2015 / 6:34 pm

    I’d been wondering about this –

    Few other stats:
    1) Anderson/Finn only 4th time two England bowlers took six-fours in Ashes. Two were in the C19 and I won’t spoil your fun trying to get the other if you haven’t already heard this one.
    2) That same game is also the last time England won the 3rd Test of an Ashes series.
    3) I only half-heard this one and haven’t time to check it – but this might be the first Ashes Test without a century since Sydney 2007.


    • SimonH Jul 31, 2015 / 6:46 pm

      P.S. That Australia sequence in 1979-80 was caused by the unique schedule that winter when they played alternate Tests against England and West Indies. They beat England 3-0, lost 2-0 to the West indies after drawing the First Test and then lost the First Test on tour to Pakistan.


    • paulewart Jul 31, 2015 / 7:31 pm

      Broad and Swann at The Oval?


      • SimonH Jul 31, 2015 / 7:35 pm

        Nope – neither took a six-for (Broad took five and Swann two four-fors – although in his retelling it’s probably become a six-for!).


    • MM Aug 1, 2015 / 9:55 am

      1981? Beefy first innings, Willis second innings.


  34. Mark Jul 31, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    “It’s no longer them (the players) or us (the media)” ………from Dmitris Twitter feed…….

    Is Simon Hughes American? Because it is always said Americans don’t do irony. The really, really shocking thing is I expect he wrote this with a straight face. He thinks this team has been under siege from the media. Bollocks!

    This team, and Cook in particular has been criticised by a minority (who mostly have been proved right) but NOT from the English cricket media. This captain has been the most over protected and fawned upon in history. The very idea the media and the captain have been at loggerheads is not only untrue but a breath taking lie.

    The medias rouge gallery of Hughes, Selvey, Newman and almost all the rest have had their nose rammed up Cooks arse and Englands for 2 years. They couldn’t wait to spin every lie and half truth, and every bit of ECB spin. For the media to now claim they have been in opposition is preposterous and dishonest. Unfortunately it’s what we have now come to expect from so many of them.

    If Hughes believes this he must be insane. What about all those cozy dinner dates with your chum Simon? We’re those them and us?

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  35. thelegglance Jul 31, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    Just got home. That turned out a much longer day than I was expecting.


  36. SimonH Jul 31, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    One batsman scored 34 & 7 while another scored 53 & 65*.

    Have a guess at their respective Scyld Berry player ratings……

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    • Arron Wright Aug 1, 2015 / 12:43 pm

      They’ve shoved a caveat in there since Lord’s:

      “The player’s rating reflects his value at the end of the third Test.”

      So I think it’s supposed to be some kind of cumulative assessment of worth. Not sure how you get the same mark for Rogers (385 runs at 77; passed 50 in every first innings) and Cook (180 runs at 30; one fifty) out of that, but hey, that’s Berryworld.


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