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    Rain coming as a blessing for England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    Rain coming as a blessing for England.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam99 View Post
    Last year india's test matches were played on green top and still most matches went till 4th and 5th day except one test (lords)
    All wickets in England will have a bit of grass due to the damp climate.

    They looked like standard English wickets to me. They don’t change much over time. Lords is usually low and slow (though the new groundsman left some grass on against Ireland), OT takes a bit of spin later on, Headingley used to be a minefield but is now a shirtfront in comparison, Oval is a bit bouncier and takes spin later, OT is a green seamer.

    Wherever you go in England you will get variations on ‘slow seamer’. Usually the new ball swings a bit depending on the atmosphere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    Rain coming as a blessing for England.
    No, they need the sun to shine so they can play and equalise the score.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    All wickets in England will have a bit of grass due to the damp climate.

    They looked like standard English wickets to me. They don’t change much over time. Lords is usually low and slow (though the new groundsman left some grass on against Ireland), OT takes a bit of spin later on, Headingley used to be a minefield but is now a shirtfront in comparison, Oval is a bit bouncier and takes spin later, OT is a green seamer.

    Wherever you go in England you will get variations on ‘slow seamer’. Usually the new ball swings a bit depending on the atmosphere.
    I guess comparatively to India, they look like raging greentops. Same as happens in reverse when others tour India- they look completely barren & alien.

    England is a good tour, some variety of wickets. Chance for all bowlers usually- Murali & Warne both have excellent records there I think so good spin can thrive alongside seamers. Runs can be had but you'll need a solid technique vs most bowling & especially the swinging or nibbling ball.

    There is a bit of "home conditions" going on, I remember '05 had some very dry squares in comparison, when the plan was for reverse & that great seam bowling quartet.

    Problem this time is I'm not sure which type of pitch will suit England. Oz have them covered in spin & dry wickets (reverse) without Anderson. They tried a "typical" England seamer first test & were trounced. True greentops are lottery.

    England will be looking for someone to stand up & boss them back into this series here, or it could all go very pear shaped very quick. Historically, Broad will have to be the man. Root hasn't ever taken a series or barely a match away from Australia on his own. Stokes either. Broad has. YJB & Woakes look decent against some sides but falter vs Oz. I don't think they have it in them to be more than a support act if someone else leads.

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    270 overs might be possible during 5 days going by the current forecast . England should play Curran for Denly & Australia perhaps Pattinson + Cummins [ bowling all-rounders ] & Hazelwood + Starc + Lyon .

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    England National Cricket Selectors have named an unchanged 12-strong squad for the 3rd Specsavers Ashes Test match against Australia at Emerald Headingley starting on Thursday, August 22.

    England third Test squad versus Australia:

    Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain
    Jofra Archer (Sussex)
    Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
    Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
    Rory Burns (Surrey)
    Jos Buttler (Lancashire)
    Sam Curran (Surrey)
    Joe Denly (Kent)
    Jack Leach (Somerset)
    Jason Roy (Surrey)
    Ben Stokes (Durham)
    Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

    England and Lancashire seamer James Anderson is making progress from his injured right calf. Anderson will step up his rehabilitation this week by playing for Lancashire second XI against Leicestershire in a three-day friendly match starting on Tuesday August 20 at Northern Cricket Club, Liverpool. He will be assessed on an ongoing basis ahead of selection for the fourth Specsavers Ashes Test at Emirates Old Trafford starting on Wednesday September 4.


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    England treating Lord's as a victory and not changing squad


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    Headingley : No Smith , will England opt for a grassy surface ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILcricket View Post
    Headingley : No Smith , will England opt for a grassy surface ?
    “England” has no say in the matter.

    The Headingley groundsman will do the best he can to provide a surface that will last five days and make for a good contest between bat and ball, given the weather.

    I understand that Leeds is the fastest test track in England these days. Should be true bounce and good carry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    “England” has no say in the matter.

    The Headingley groundsman will do the best he can to provide a surface that will last five days and make for a good contest between bat and ball, given the weather.

    I understand that Leeds is the fastest test track in England these days. Should be true bounce and good carry.
    Bat or bowl first?

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    England have called up Surrey batsman Ollie Pope to be on standby for the third Ashes Test at Headingley if Jason Roy suffers a delayed concussion.

    Opener Roy, 29, was struck in the head during net practice on Tuesday but is available to play as it stands after passing a concussion test.

    Pope, 21, hit an unbeaten 221 against Hampshire in the County Championships on Wednesday before heading to Leeds.

    Australia batsman Steve Smith will miss the third Test because of concussion.

    Smith was hit in the neck by a 92mph bouncer from Jofra Archer on day four of the second Test and did not bat in the second innings after sustaining a delayed concussion, despite having passed an initial test to resume his first innings.

    Marnus Labuschagne became Test cricket's first concussion substitute by batting in Smith's place on the final day as Australia held on to draw.

    Australia lead the five-match series 1-0.

    Pope made his Test debut in the second match against India at Lord's in 2018 and played the third Test at Trent Bridge before he was dropped.

    He missed three months of this season after dislocating his shoulder in a One-Day Cup against Essex in April before returning to action in the T20 Blast last month.

    Having made scores of 4 and 69 in his sole County Championship tie before injury, Pope hit 22 fours in scoring 221 off 337 balls over two days against Hampshire at The Oval this week.

    He scored 986 runs at an average of 70.42, with four centuries, as Surrey won the Division One title last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManFan View Post
    Bat or bowl first?
    I always say bat first because that is what Bradman said. Though he was an Aussie and the weather doesn't affect matches as much as in UK.

    England won't want to face Lyon in the fourth innings.

    If you put someone in you have to shoot them out for < 200 or you lose the initiative. It might be heavy overcast on the first day with blue skies forecast therefter but you still have to take wickets. I remember the Lord's test against India where there was thick grass on. England bowled too short and hashed it up. Then strong Sun burned the grass dry, and the wicket went lower and slower and England lost because they had a collective mare against Ishant on the last day.

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    World Cup hero Alex Carey will take the gloves in Australia's three-day tour match against Derbyshire starting tomorrow, while Usman Khawaja will captain the side in the absence of skipper Tim Paine, who has been rested.

    Paine, batsmen David Warner and Travis Head as well as bowlers Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson and Nathan Lyon will all miss the final tour match of Australia's Ashes campaign, the group of seven given a rest before the final two Tests of the series.

    The absence of seven squad members leaves the 17-player group short a man for the tour match, so Carey has been called in from county duty with Sussex, with whom he's been playing since the end of the World Cup last month.

    The news came as spinner Nathan Lyon was given the all clear by medical staff after he sent a scare through the Aussie camp at training on Wednesday. The off-spinner hobbled from the ground after appearing to turn his ankle during a game of touch football, but was later cleared of any injury.

    While Carey has signed with Sussex as a T20 player, the left-hander also made his County Championship debut 10 days ago and posted scores of 56 and 69 not out against Middlesex as a specialist batsman.

    Carey has not been formally added to Australia's Ashes Test squad and will rejoin Sussex once the tour match concludes on Saturday.

    While Matthew Wade and Cameron Bancroft both have extensive wicketkeeping experience and could have taken the gloves in Paine's absence, it was determined they should focus on their batting this week, and Carey offered a ready-made keeping replacement.

    Khawaja, who will captain the side, returns to the County Ground that he called home for four games with Derbyshire in 2011, when he scored 319 runs with a top score of 135.

    Steve Smith will also play in Derby, with the right-hander looking to prove his fitness for the fourth Test after missing the match at Headingley due to concussion.

    Mitch Starc, Peter Siddle, Michael Neser and allrounder Mitch Marsh will form the pace attack, while leg-spinning allrounder Marnus Labuschagne will be the side's spin-bowling option.

    Australia’s batting order for the match is yet to be confirmed.

    Australia face Derbyshire in a three-day game over Thursday, Friday and Saturday before heading north to Manchester for the fourth Test, which starts September 4.

    It's the second time this northern summer Derbyshire will face the Australians having played Australia A in a 50-over contest in June.

    In that match, Wade scored the fastest List A hundred by an Australian from just 45 balls, finishing with 155 from 71 balls, 14 fours and 11 sixes.

    The entire squad (minus Cummins) had a run around on Wednesday at the County Ground, with Bancroft leading a yoga session before a match of touch football between skins and shirts.

    Australia XI to face Derbyshire: Usman Khawaja (c), Cameron Bancroft, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Michael Neser, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitch Starc, Matthew Wade

    2019 Qantas Ashes Tour of England

    Australia squad: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

    England squad: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (vc), Chris Woakes.

    First Test: Australia beat England by 251 runs at Edgbaston

    Second Test: Match drawn at Lord's

    Third Test: England defeat Australia by one wicket at Headingley

    Tour match: Australians v Derbyshire, August 29-31

    Fourth Test: September 4-8, Old Trafford

    Fifth Test: September 12-16, The Oval

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/aust...ith/2019-08-28

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    Derby: Nathan Lyon has sent an injury scare through the Australian camp after hurting his ankle playing touch football at training on Wednesday.

    The off-spinner limped off the track moments after with team doctor Richard Saw for further assessment.

    A team spokesman said he had a slight twist of his right ankle and left as a precaution but would have continued playing had the incident occurred in a Test match. He was able to walk unaided after training.

    It continues an eventful few days for Lyon, who missed a run out opportunity that would have won the game, and retained the urn, for Australia.

    Lyon, third on Australia's Test wicket-takers' list, is close to irreplaceable with no other specialist spinner in the 17-man touring party.

    If a replacement is required, Victoria's Jon Holland would be the frontrunner having been part of the Australia v Australia A game before the series which served as an Ashes selection trial.

    The team was playing touch football as part of its warm up before training in the lead up to the three-day tour game against Derbyshire starting Thursday.

    Lyon is one of seven squad members rested from the match, along with the Headingley attack of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson. Skipper Tim Paine, Travis Head and David Warner are also missing the match.

    Wicketkeeper Alex Carey has been drafted into the squad for the game. Carey is playing for Sussex in England's county championship.

    The team will be led by Usman Khawaja, who is under pressure to keep his place in the XI for the fourth Test. Marcus Harris and Matthew Wade also face uncertain futures as selectors find a batsman to make way for Steve Smith, who is set to return at Old Trafford after being ruled out of the third Test due to concussion.

    Australia team to play Derbyshire: Usman Khawaja (c), Cameron Bancroft, Alex Carey, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade.

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    Ashes 2019: James Anderson ruled out of series as England confirm fourth Test squad

    James Anderson has been ruled out of the remainder of the Ashes series.

    The ECB have confirmed that England's leading wicket-taker, who missed the drawn second Test and the victory over Australia at Headingley, felt calf pain during an outing for the Lancashire second XI against Durham and will now miss the remaining two matches.

    The 37-year-old was already struggling with the injury sustained earlier in the summer and exacerbated in the opening Test but this setback in his recovery will now end his participation in the series.

    Somerset's Craig Overton comes in as an added option in Anderson's absence in the only change to the 13-man squad for the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

    That means batsman Jason Roy, under pressure at the top of the order, will get another chance to impress.

    All-rounder Sam Curran remains the favourite to come in with Chris Woakes a candidate to be rested after a hectic summer with both red ball and white.

    The fourth Test begins in Manchester on September 4th.

    Full squad
    Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Jack Leach (Somerset), Craig Overton (Somerset), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

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    Why do i get a feeling that this is the end of James Anderson’s career?

    Maybe a premature statement but i think Archer is the ideal player to replace Anderson.

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    OT Manchester - seems we will have rain interruptions in this Test too .

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamM97 View Post
    Why do i get a feeling that this is the end of James Anderson’s career?

    Maybe a premature statement but i think Archer is the ideal player to replace Anderson.
    England have a good pace/swing attack with Archer’s hostility, Broad the wise old head cutting in about and hitting the top of off, Stokes and Wilkes swinging it and hopefully Curran as a lefty option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    England have a good pace/swing attack with Archer’s hostility, Broad the wise old head cutting in about and hitting the top of off, Stokes and Wilkes swinging it and hopefully Curran as a lefty option.
    Yep the attack has all bases covered, if it really is the end for jimmy then he should a farewell game to give him a well earned send off for a magnificent career

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    Mitchell Starc again impressed on the final day as Australia beat Derbyshire by an innings and 54 runs at Derby.

    The left-arm fast bowler took 4-39 as Derbyshire were all out for 112, with Tony Palladino absent injured.

    Starc, who has 211 wickets in 51 Tests but is yet to feature in the Ashes so far this summer, finished with seven wickets in the three-day match.

    Australia now face England in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Wednesday, with the series tied at 1-1.

    Steve Smith, who missed Australia's third-Test defeat with concussion, had made just 23 with the bat on Friday but was not needed to bowl as the tourists wrapped matters up in less than 20 overs' play.

    Australia needed seven wickets on Saturday to force the innings victory - with Derby resuming on 53-3, needing another 113 to make the Aussies bat again - and they struck early when Alex Hughes was bowled off the inside edge by Michael Neser.

    Leus du Plooy top-scored with 37 but fell lbw to Mitchell Marsh, while Matt Critchley was left unbeaten on 17 as Starc removed Derbyshire's last two batsmen for ducks.

    Australia had rested their entire first-choice pace attack from the third Test at Headingley with Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson all sitting the game out, as did spinner Nathan Lyon.

    But with Smith almost certain to return to the Test side at Old Trafford, Australia must decide who to leave out if all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne is retained in the XI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILcricket View Post
    OT Manchester - seems we will have rain interruptions in this Test too .
    Of course. It’s Manchester. It always rains over there.

    Another draw, and then a decider at the Oval?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manunited18 View Post
    Yep the attack has all bases covered, if it really is the end for jimmy then he should a farewell game to give him a well earned send off for a magnificent career
    Definitely deserves a farewell game. England legend.

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    After missing out on the first Test at Edgbaston, spearhead Josh Hazlewood is confident he can play the final four Ashes Tests on the bounce.

    Hazlewood was an 11th-hour omission from the series' opener in Birmingham but returned for the second Test at Lord's in what was his first Test match in eight months having been sidelined with a back injury.

    He followed his impressive Test comeback with a career-best haul of 9-115 at Headingley which included 5-30 in England's first innings of 67.

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    Hazlewood said in April it would be "near impossible" for any of Australia's fast bowlers to play all five Ashes Tests, with only marathon man Pat Cummins with a chance to achieve the feat having not missed a match yet.

    But Hazlewood says he is certain he can play the final four Tests unless his bowling workload spikes at Old Trafford, venue of the fourth Test, which starts on Wednesday.

    "The body's really good," Hazlewood said. "I felt a lot better at Headingley than Lord's, just getting those miles into the legs in that first Test (back).


    "I can't see why not unless we bowl a mountain of overs in the next game but body's feeling really good and happy to play both if possible.

    In Hazlewood's favour of playing at Old Trafford and The Oval (from September 12-16) is his moderate workload in the Test matches he has played.

    At Lord's he bowled 35 overs while in Leeds he got through 43.5, which is in the ballpark of what is budgeted for a fast bowler each Test.

    The 28-year-old missed Australia's tour match in Derby to rest and given his brilliant form, it would be hard to see the right-hander miss out in Manchester.

    Four years ago, Hazlewood – then a Test a rookie – got carried away trying to swing the Dukes ball on his maiden Ashes tour in the UK.

    But in 2019, he has discovered less is more.

    "It certainly feels like I'm bowling well," he said.

    "Ever since I bowled at Worcester a few weeks back, I took it into Lord's and into Headingley.

    "I think I'm not trying to do too much, trying to be pretty simple, not trying and swing the ball at all really, occasionally I do when it gets a bit older.

    "But just hitting that right length with the new ball, making them play, not trying and do too much, keep it simple."

    Hazlewood has been the pick of the bowlers for either side since the second Test and his performance in Leeds left former Australia captain Ricky Ponting mightily impressed.

    "Hazlewood, with the exception of his spell with the second new ball in the second innings, I'm not sure I've seen him bowl better than that," Ponting said on the latest episode of The Unplayable Podcast.

    "That was outstanding from him."

    2019 Qantas Ashes Tour of England

    Australia squad: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

    England squad: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (vc), Chris Woakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manunited18 View Post
    Yep the attack has all bases covered, if it really is the end for jimmy then he should a farewell game to give him a well earned send off for a magnificent career
    He’s out of the series. Probably the end.

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    England have a lack of quality batsmen in their domestic circuit, they really are struggling to get good openers and middle order batsmen, they've gone through Vince, Stoneman, Malan, Roy, Hales, Haseeb Hameed, Jennings and all of them failed.

    I wonder when they will give Ollie pope a go, he has outstanding first class stats. Instead of pushing Roy down to 4, why not place Pope at 4 and open with Denly.
    Also Ben Foakes should replace Jos Buttler, and Foakes should keep. Buttlers Test and First class stats are below average, especially for a specialist batsman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    He’s out of the series. Probably the end.
    There's no mention of him retiring, were probably going off assumptions, every year jimmy brings a few of his former England team mates at Burnley cc in a presidents day x1 game, it attracts a full house and like usual jimmy is so down to earth and a fantastic bloke, my lad who plays at Burnley cc adores him

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    I think Anderson should retire now. His replacement (Archer) is much better option currently.

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    England announce batting change for fourth Test

    England batsman Joe Denly has confirmed he will open the batting in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, with Jason Roy to move down the order to No.4.

    Roy has had a torrid time at the top of the order in the Ashes so far, averaging just 9.5 as part of England's opening stand that has averaged 12.5 for the series.

    "I got a call from Joe Root and he said he'd like for me to go at the top of the order and try and get us off to a good start," Denly, who has batted at No.4 in the first three Tests, told BBC Radio.

    "With Jason at four it enables him to come in and play his way.

    "He’s a dangerous player so he's great to have there."

    Denly has fared slightly better than Roy in this series, averaging 24.5 in six innings at second drop.

    The right-hander is coming off a patient, resilient 50 in England's second innings at Headingley, before Ben Stokes capped off an incredible run chase with a thrilling unbeaten century.

    Denly will swap places with Roy, who has struggled to counter Australia's high-octane new-ball pace attack and has been unable to replicate his barnstorming form in limited-overs cricket in the five-day game.

    While Roy has battled as a Test opener in this series, Denly's first-class record at the top of the order is hardly prolific, either.

    The 33-year-old scored his only century opening the batting four years ago and has not passed 50 in his past 14 innings facing the new ball.

    The batting reshuffle does not faze Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, who has dismissed both Roy and Denly twice in the two Tests he has played this campaign.

    "Whenever the other team are changing plans, (it) means you're doing something right," Hazlewood said in Derby on Saturday.

    "Whoever is at the top, whatever the order, it's the same plans. What we've talked about before, keeping it simple, patient, disciplined."

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/joe-...oot/2019-09-02


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    I think Anderson should retire now. His replacement (Archer) is much better option currently.
    Anderson's role in the team is as a swing bowler, archer a shock bowler, Andersons like for like replacement is woaks who with respect is not in Andersons league

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manunited18 View Post
    Anderson's role in the team is as a swing bowler, archer a shock bowler, Andersons like for like replacement is woaks who with respect is not in Andersons league
    Woakes’ figure in England are similar to Anderson’s and Woakes can bat too. Though I would get in Curran for the last two tests to hit the Aussies with something different.

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    Steve Waugh rejoins Australia as mentor before fourth Ashes Test

    Steve Waugh has rejoined Australia as a mentor ahead of the crunch fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

    The 168-Test veteran spent the first month of the Ashes tour with the Australia side but travelled home to fulfil prior commitments after the Lord's Test.

    It was Waugh's first stint with the visitors since retiring in 2004, and team coach Justin Langer affirmed how keen 'Iceman' was to return after arriving in Manchester on Sunday night to resume his role.

    He said: "Steve was actually going to fly home, do the function and fly back the next day. That's how much he's enjoying it. He's been like a kid at Christmas.

    "To come back after such a long time away from the game, his passion and enthusiasm has been brilliant and it's going to be great."

    Waugh also held mentoring positions with the Australian team at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.

    Waugh has been officially employed by Cricket Australia to pass on his knowledge, following on from fellow former greats Darren Lehmann, Shane Warne, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting and Mitchell Johnson.

    Langer added: "They have they got a great presence within the group but they're great psychologists as well. They've been in the cauldron, they've seen it before.

    "To have your guys learning from people of that calibre is very important short-term, but longer term there's huge value in that."

    It was at Old Trafford 30 years ago where Australia won the Ashes on English soil for the first time since 1975, with Waugh making 92, and he memorably recorded twin hundreds to level the series 1-1 in 1997.

    Langer hinted not having Waugh during the Third Test at Headingley could have affected the result.

    He said: "Would he have made a difference in those last 60-70 runs? Who knows?"

    https://www.skysports.com/cricket/ne...rth-ashes-test

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    Rain looms at OT on day 1 & majorly on day 3 .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Woakes’ figure in England are similar to Anderson’s and Woakes can bat too. Though I would get in Curran for the last two tests to hit the Aussies with something different.
    Yes woakes stats are brilliant at home, but come on rob Anderson is a great , big call to bring curran in for last 2 tests when ashes are on the line, id stick with woakes

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    Khawaja dumped as Harris retains place for fourth Ashes Test

    Selectors have run out of patience with Usman Khawaja, dumping the senior batsman in one of two changes for the fourth Test starting on Wednesday.

    Victorian quick James Pattinson has also been left out of the 12-man squad with veteran Peter Siddle and former spearhead Mitchell Starc vying for the third and final pace position.

    Matthew Wade has kept his position in the top six despite Trevor Hohns saying the incumbent No.6's place in the side was being considered.

    The Australian brains trust were concerned with the form of the top order and have acted accordingly, dumping one of the mainstays of their side.

    Khawaja and opener Marcus Harris had been in a battle to stay in the XI after superstar batsman Steve Smith was passed fit to play after missing the third Test with concussion.

    Both players made half-centuries though Harris appeared the more composed of the pair before being run out in a mix-up with Khawaja in the tour game against Derbyshire last week.

    Though one of the more experienced players in the touring party, Khawaja, who has played 44 Tests, ran out of chances after a lean run stretching back to late last year.

    The 32-year-old is averaging 27 in his past 10 Tests since saving Australia with an epic ton in Dubai against Pakistan. He has since made one century and passed 50 on one other occasion.

    Khawaja has had a lean Ashes series, continuing his poor record in England where he averages 19.66 in six Tests.

    Not even Khawaja's excellent record as an opener, where he averages 96 with two centuries from eight innings, was enough to keep him in the side.

    Marnus Labuschagne is set to take Khawaja's place at first drop with Smith to return at No.4 ahead of Travis Head and Wade.

    Starc is as close as he has been all series to playing but he and Siddle's fates will be sealed by another inspection of the pitch on Tuesday.

    The Old Trafford wicket is dry and similar to that unveiled at Edgbaston, which favoured the spinners on days four and five.

    Selectors remain committed to restricting England's scoring in a pointer to Siddle's chances.

    The absence of Mitch Marsh may also count against Starc, who has a higher economy rate than Siddle, as the all-rounder would have given captain Tim Paine extra protection.

    AUSTRALIAN SQUAD FOR FOURTH ASHES TEST:
    Marcus Harris
    David Warner
    Marnus Labuschagne
    Steve Smith
    Travis Head
    Matthew Wade
    Tim Paine (c)
    Pat Cummins
    Nathan Lyon
    Josh Hazlewood
    Peter Siddle
    Mitchell Starc
    (one to be omitted)

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket...03-p52nbb.html


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    Australia should rest Pat Cummins now, they don't want him breaking down. Also rest Hazlewood.
    They should also give Carey a go in place of Head or Wade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danyaalr01 View Post
    Australia should rest Pat Cummins now, they don't want him breaking down. Also rest Hazlewood.
    They should also give Carey a go in place of Head or Wade.
    Aus should look to win series as well. They haven't won since 2001.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danyaalr01 View Post
    Australia should rest Pat Cummins now, they don't want him breaking down. Also rest Hazlewood.
    They should also give Carey a go in place of Head or Wade.
    At least one of Cummins or Hazlewood should play if Australia want to ensure a win at the Oval. Every test matters now and resting both of them wouldn't be worth risking throwing away 16/24 points and an Away ashes series win.


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    Quote Originally Posted by InziFans View Post
    At least one of Cummins or Hazlewood should play if Australia want to ensure a win at the Oval. Every test matters now and resting both of them wouldn't be worth risking throwing away 16/24 points and an Away ashes series win.
    Yeah I forgot to take the championship in to consideration

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    Test championship made things more interesting. There is no such thing called dead rubber now. Every Test counts.

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    The Ashes - Australia's tour of England 2019 Thread

    A tremendous, tremendous amount of respect and admiration for what Australia have achieved in this series so far with the help of only a few batsmen, and a salute to these few batsmen who´ve put up their hands and made themselves counted, especially Steve Smith. To get such a huge, huge aggregate of runs in just the three Test matches that he has played out of four, is simply amazing, amazing! What an awesome batsman!

    I still think though that England will win the last Test match to draw the series - unless rains has a role to play. In this age and era where the ongoing trend is of teams making full use of the home conditions, and teams away from home collapsing like a house of cards, I cannot see this Australian team not having a single bad match out of five. I just cannot. I know that they´ve lost a match already this series, but that was purely down to one man brilliance and a bit of harshness from the umpire in the most crucial stage of the game. So in essence, Australia didn´t play badly that game either. Quite good on the contrary.


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    If Root had any sense , we would have a grassy seamer at Oval with Woakes & Curran replacing Overton & Butler !!!


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