Friday, 19 July 2013

The Ashes - 2nd Test - Day 1 Lords

Another fascinating day.  Australia started like a house on fire, taking 3 wickets in the opening 30 minutes.  England fought back, putting on over 200 for only for loss of Jonathon Trott but an insired move by Clarke to bring on part-time leggie Steve Smith turned the day back in the Aussies favour as he ripped through the middle-order, taking out the well set Bell, who has smashed a third consecutive Ashes century in three tests, Bairstow with a filthy full toss and Prior caught behind.

England sent out night watchmen Jimmy Anderson and finished at stumps on 289-7.  The England tail really needs to wag on Day 2 as this really is a 400-450+ batting surface.

Fair play to the Aussies though.  They've come right back at England, nothing less than we would expect...