August 24, 2009
I should have more faith, I know
So we did it again. The Ashes belong to England for the second time in four years. Is the drought broken? Are England on the ascendancy again? Will the Australian selectors think about including spin-bowlers next time? We did it this time without KP, but can we do it without Freddie in 2010? Can Stuart Broad keep bowling like that? So many questions, but a 197 run margin is pretty convincing - I wish it had been a more solid win than 2-1, but a win is a win, as they say.
August 20, 2009
The dreaded 5th test ...
If you have work to do, children to take to school, groceries to buy or a cat to kick, then you could swallow the loser's pill and do just that. Or, you could be one of life's winners: sack the wife, expel the husband, shoot the boss and eBay your children: this is where you should be for the next five days.
So says cricinfo.com ... and frankly, I don't hold much hope that this is going to take five days. I reckon it'll all be over by Sunday, myself ...
September 12, 2005
Final innings in the fifth day of the fifth test at the Oval
England have just been bowled out. The score is now England 373 and 335, Australia 367 chasing 342 in 18 overs. In other words, with Australia needing exactly 19 runs per over to win, England have won the Ashes!
Highlights : Pietersen 158 in the last day (including 7 sixes), Warne taking 37 wickets in this series ...
Happy 36th birthday tomorrow, Shane.
1900 CET (1800 BST): The umpires are now checking their light meters, the Aussies have been offered the light, they have taken it ... but the game isn't over! The bails are still on the stumps, so they'll continue the game if the light improves. The overs get reduced by one per 4 minutes. Obviously, this means that the game will be over very very soon. I have to go home now, so, in typical cricketing style, England will probably win the Ashes in a complete anti-climax ...
Update 2100 CET (2000 BST) Yup, four balls and four runs for Australia, then bad light stopped play and a draw was declared.
England 373 & 335 drew with Australia 367 & 4-0 England win the Ashes 2-1
Posted by daen at 06:52 PM