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korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2019 7:53 a.m. PST

Well that result was emphatic….thought England had it in the bag after day 2, but some crazy batting today stuffed things completely.

FoxtrotPapaRomeo05 Aug 2019 5:27 p.m. PST

Steve Smith rules!

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2019 5:07 a.m. PST

One of the great Test matches, I think.

England were essentially outplayed on 4 of the 5 days.
And it seems as if Anderson is hors d'combat.

Clearly, the series isn't over but if things continue along these lines, it will be a very satisfying Ashes tour.

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2019 4:05 a.m. PST

It was a true Test thats for sure. I think having Australia 8/122 in the first dig and against the wall early in the 2nd but not delivering the knockout was the key, lacking a bowler didn't help but that is the game.
What did detract was the umpiring. I'm happy enough when Umpires make a couple of errors a game; goodness knows the speed of the ball, and the number of things to watch makes it inevitable, but some of the decisions reviewed were howlers….
I think the true measure will be at Lords. If Australia don't win there (lose or draw) and Archer does well, then it will be a close series. If it goes to 2-0, I think England will not have the ability to win 3 tests to reclaim the Urn.

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