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Key occasions

forty sixth over: Australia 94-2 (Khawaja 37, Smith 3) Oooh, Smith is aggravated with himself as he pokes at a lifter from Anderson exterior the off stump. Too shut to chop and he’s fortunate to not edge it. He picked up two runs earlier within the over with an edge, however he was in management with mushy arms as he benefited from a misfield within the gully. Nothing edgy in regards to the flowing cowl drive that went straight to the fielder, although. One of the best shot of the day. In actual fact, the one shot of any authority in entrance of sq. right this moment. Too unhealthy it didn’t transfer the rating alongside.

I’m a sucker for Dream XIs and M Berkley has counsel this Bazball all-time XI. What do you assume?




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forty fifth over: Australia 92-2 (Khawaja 37, Smith) Smudge is off the mark with a nudge by way of the on-side. Khawaja is bounced however will get underneath it. He additionally sees out a full ball that’s angled in on the stumps. Wooden appears to be like good on the market. Working and bowling with nice rhythm.

It may need been Bairstow’s ball, however it is a gorgeous seize from Root:

forty fourth over: Australia 91-2 (Khawaja 37, Smith 0) Anderson is again and he delivers a probing maiden. I ought to have that copied for pasting again and again, shouldn’t I? Khawaja neatly behind these medium pacers from a superb size.

Can now we have our entertaining cake and eat it in victory? Does that work? Remark beneath the road.

@danielgallan Has everybody forgotten the very first thing Stokes mentioned…we are going to entertain. Australia could properly win this take a look at and collection but when everybody continues to play like this in Exams, Australia would be the highest at a sport that now not exists.

— Brendan Massive (@brendanlarge) July 28, 2023

I imply, Dechlan Brennan’s not mistaken:

“That’s an exquisite catch by root however lord, as Ian Healy mentioned ‘ought to have been the keepers catch, however must get used to that when Bairstow is within the kind he’s in”

forty third over: Australia 91-2 (Khawaja 37, Smith 0) Wooden enters the scene and will get the breakthrough. Excellent from the menacing fast. However this wasn’t intimidating stuff. A great size and zip off the seam from a probing line meant Labuschagne needed to play on the one which received him. Earlier within the over he let one go that angled again into him and whacked his thigh pad. A high, high over from Wooden.

WICKET! Labuschagne c Root b Wooden 9 (Australia 91-2)

Gorgeous seize from Joe Root! Wow! He’s plucked that with one hand because it went previous him. Sure, positively was behind him. Good. That was Bairstow’s catch, no query. However the ‘keeper let it go and Root at first slip needed to pluck out his left hand and held on. Additional tempo from Wooden as soon as once more the distinction. That has woken the gang up.

Joe Root takes a surprising diving catch within the slips to dismiss Marnus Labuschagne. England are up and operating. {Photograph}: Paul Childs/Motion Photographs/Reuters

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Max Bonnell needs to remind all you Bazball zealots that some issues by no means change:

“Individuals have to do not forget that, no matter else Bazball has achieved, it hasn’t modified the truth that Ashes cricket is performed over 5 days. Sporting the bowlers down regularly is each bit as reputable a tactic as slogging for 55 overs.”

forty second over: Australia 91-1 (Khawaja 37, Labuschagne 9) Khawaja lotions a minimize shot behind sq. nevertheless it’s properly fielded at backward level. Woakes then adjusts his line however over-corrects and as soon as once more a diving Bairstow can’t get a glove on it because it speeds away fro 4 byes down the leg facet. Marnus scampers a single as he continues his crawl to double figures.

Christopher Hedge has come off a protracted run-up and unleashed two blistering emails:

“Australia enjoying Take a look at cricket. Aussie solely want a draw. Take a look at cricket is performed with the mind too. Why would England followers care? They’ve already gained the Ethical Victory Ashes apparently.”

“This old-school Take a look at cricket gained’t look so foolish late afternoon if Aussie are nonetheless there. The England seamers can be drained and Aussie can bat on and on. Let’s face it, the England seamers aren’t that terrifying after they’re recent….”

Sturdy stuff, Chris. I prefer it!

forty first over: Australia 86-1 (Khawaja 37, Labuschagne 8) Broad goes full and Khawaja leans right into a tasty drive that’s hauled in simply earlier than the rope by a chasing Stokes. They arrive by way of for 3. Labuschagne dabs a single on the leg facet. Broad needs to vary the ball however the umpires are having none of it.

fortieth over: Australia 82-1 (Khawaja 34, Labuschagne 7) Woakes continues from the Vauxhall Finish. And, wouldn’t you already know it, it’s one other maiden. Three in a row. He ends the over with a bumper that’s simply left alone by Labuschagne however I just like the intent. England must at the least begin doing one thing a bit of completely different. Or perhaps not. Perhaps they simply have to maintain plugging away. It’s not like Australia are operating away from them.

“G’day Daniel,” howdy Jordan White. Thanks for getting in contact.

Have been having fun with this collection so much – as an Australian I used to be concurrently grateful for the rain in Manchester but in addition disenchanted that it’s not 2-2 right here.

“There’s been numerous conjecture that what Stokes and McCullum are as much as is all about wild slogging, when their key line is extra about enjoying with out concern. Equally, I really feel just like the Australian method isn’t about being boring or conservative, however sticking to your weapons, trusting in your plans and abilities and ready for issues to work quite than making an attempt to pressure them. It hasn’t all the time come off however it’s an method that I can at the least sympathise with – ignoring exterior strain to match the Bazball arms race and as a substitute enjoying the best way you wish to. I believe criticism of the Australian group as struggling or scared and many others. is lacking the purpose, simply as individuals who assume England simply wish to have a whack are lacking the wonders that Stokes has labored as captain.”

You’re proper. It’s by no means so simple as it appears. England aren’t simply sloggers and Australia aren’t simply blockers. They’re enjoying to their strengths and based on their beliefs. Thanks for the nuance right here, mate.

thirty ninth over: Australia 82-1 (Khawaja 34, Labuschagne 7) 36 RUNS OFF THE OVER! Jokes. It’s one other maiden. Good bowling from Broad from around the wicket into Khawaja. One nipped away off the seam however the Aussie opener, who’s as soon as once more the collection’ high scorer, lets it go.

That’ll be drinks. We’ve had an hour’s play for 21 runs.

“Am I proper in saying it’s taken Labuschagne virtually an hour to get 4 runs?”

You’re bang on Lila Smith. Riveting, isn’t it?

thirty eighth over: Australia 82-1 (Khawaja 34, Labuschagne 7) A maiden for Woakes. Labuschagne meets him with a full bat face and a robust ahead press. Do England maintain plugging away or carry on Root’s spin for a little bit of selection from one finish?

What’s the view on this ‘anti-Bazball’ scorn from the Antipodes?

“Hello Daniel. I’m Australian, and I’ve received to say I’ve completely cherished this grindy, probably some could even say ‘stodgy’ Australian method. I’m undecided if it’s simply the distinction from Bazball or what, however I’m completely having fun with a Friday on the sofa watching these two play clever, orthodox, low-risk cricket.”

Rowan Sweeney from Down Below is a fan. And honest sufficient. Australia haven’t any obligation to bat in every other means.

thirty seventh over: Australia 82-1 (Khawaja 34, Labuschagne 7) Good from Broad. He beats Labuschagne on the within edge and thwacks his entrance pad. Half an attraction for one which was all the time taking place leg. he then delivers a magnificence that straightens from an angle and beats the surface edge. Duckett at leg slip is within the motion however that flick doesn’t meet him on the complete. It appeared cozy for the Aussies however they’ve receded deeper of their shells and now it looks as if England may very well be in enterprise fairly quickly.

High work this:

thirty sixth over: Australia 81-1 (Khawaja 34, Labuschagne 6) Woakes strays twice within the over. Khawaja tucks one off his hips from the again foot and Labuschagne leanes ahead and clips a fuller one right down to lengthy leg. Each batters going old style this morning.

Michael Vaughan has referred to as this method Snooze-Ball.

Kandukuru Nagarjun has supplied ‘Tavball’ (after Chris Tavare) and ‘Boycsball’ after, properly, you already know who.

Timothy Beecroft suggests we name it ‘Llabzab’. “And what a wonderfully euphonious phrase it’s. Significantly when pronounced with a Welsh accent,” he provides.

Right here’s an intersting query. What do you all reckon?

@danielgallan Minor one – Eng do double bowling adjustments, perhaps to develop the bowling in pairs thought? This offers up the small however helpful niggle of forcing a batter to recalibrate to new bowling. It is a psychological tax, which the double change reduces. What does the OBO hive thoughts assume?

— Jim Frayling (@JimFrayling) July 28, 2023

thirty fifth over: Australia 79-1 (Khawaja 33, Labuschagne 5) Motion for Broad, at the least at first of the over when he beat Marnus exterior the off stump. One is sprayed down the leg facet and Bairstow can’t attain it to forestall the 4 byes.

Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad is getting good motion off the seam underneath gloomy situations. {Photograph}: Andrew Boyers/Motion Photographs/Reuters

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England are attempting to vary the ball! Once more. 5 balls from Broad and he’s already sad. Peter Lalor to my left tells them to “get on with it!”

“Whats up Daniel, It was tough to know simply what to make of yesterday’s play.”

Positive was, Geoff Wignall. What else do it’s a must to say on that?

“Cummins 1/66 when he may need had 5/30 by lunch; an ideal cameo however unlucky harm for Moeen; 5 England gamers clear (?) bowled (with two of them to a spinner first day on the Oval) together with Root, Stokes and Bairstow for a mixed and barely fortunate dozen from 41 balls. All suggesting assist aplenty there for the bowlers.

“But Duckett managing 41 from his 41 balls with Brooks and Woakes later making 350 appear to be the minimal par rating.

“With England a bowler gentle if needs to be trying good for the Aussies, although all 4 seamers are able to a sudden burst of wickets. It’d be beautiful to see that yet one more time from Jimmy.

“So I’m predicting with some confidence one or different facet may get trounced or it may very well be a detailed match. You heard it right here first.”

Very non-committal whereas nonetheless being dedicated. How very cricket of you.

Double change as Broad comes into the assault. The third slip goes and strikes into the covers. I’d have stored that open to encourage Labuschagne to play his favorite shot. Leg slip nonetheless in place with two standard grabbers.

thirty fourth over: Australia 75-1 (Khawaja 33, Labuschagne 5) Khawaja brings up his century. A century of balls confronted that’s. He appears to be like comfy in opposition to Woakes who’s nipping about on a fullish size angling throughout the left hander. Feels fairly flat on the market. Endurance wanted from the English. The ultimate ball of the over lands on a tough line and squares Khawaja up. However he will get sufficient bat on it to see the ball trickle to level. Maiden to begin for Woakes.

Woakes to repalce Anderson. I believed they’d give ol’ Jimmy yet one more nevertheless it’s in all probability the best name. He’ll come over the wicket to the left-handed Khawaja. Three slim slips, three on the one on the off facet and a deep backward sq..

thirty third over: Australia 75-1 (Khawaja 33, Labuschagne 5) Wooden has pulled his size again. One bouncer whistles previous Labuschagne’s nostril, although he watched all of it the best way. There’s one other that’s too far exterior the off stump and is safely left alone. Wooden then pushes one fuller and Labuschagne leans into it and check-drives it by way of level for 2. A greater over from Wooden that requested a number of extra questions.

thirty second over: Australia 73-1 (Khawaja 33, Labuschagne 3) One other maiden from Anderson however no penetration to talk of. Khawaja is in full management as he bunts again straight ones and leaves the remaining. It’s high quality from Jimmy, good size, first rate line. Nevertheless it feels innocuous. Yet another maybe earlier than Woakes comes on from this finish.

thirty first over: Australia 73-1 (Khawaja 33, Labuschagne 3) Two singles off that Wooden over that was delivered with some severe warmth. He’s cranking it up previous 90mph. When it’s a bit of brief Labuschagne appears to be like strong. It’s the fuller size that appears extra threatening. Nonetheless no real bouncer. Probably not doing one factor or the opposite this morning.

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What’s the alternative of Bazball?

“Australia’s method this morning is certainly the antithesis of Bazball! One other Joburg follower, albeit on my solution to Durban for a fiftieth.

That’s from Duncan Bonnett. You’ll recognise these overcast skies then. If we cranked up the humidity by a thousand it’d be a really Durban day.

Geoff Boycott
Geoff Boycott didn’t play Bazball. {Photograph}: Allsport

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thirtieth over: Australia 71-1 (Khawaja 32, Labuschagne 2) Anderson is aggravated with himself as he pushes one onto Khawaja’s hip and its tucked high quality for 4. Jimmy corrects and Khawaja chases it exterior his off stump with a wafting bat. The Aussie would have been in poor health if he nicked off there. There’s a strong punch down the bottom for 2 which implies, after 4 consecutive maidens, there’s a deluge within the fifth over of the morning.

Sure, however can he make it sing?

twenty ninth over: Australia 65-1 (Khawaja 26, Labuschagne 2) Good wheels from Wooden. He’s hammering a size and getting it to jag. One strikes a good bit again into Labuschagne who leaves properly. Wooden bangs it in a contact shorter and it shoots throughout the batter and previous a diving Bairstow for 4 byes down the leg facet. First runs of the morning. Marnus then will get proper behind the following one and solidly bunts it again to the bowler.

twenty eighth over: Australia 61-1 (Khawaja 26, Labuschagne 2) A 3rd maiden in a row. Anderson was a contact straighter this time however Khawaja couldn’t work him away. Some troubles across the fifth stump line as properly and he’s overwhelmed. Excellent from Anderson. He’s deserved extra wickets than he’s received this collection.

“Has anybody mentioned the following hour is essential but?” asks Charles Seldrick. “And the one after that, and the following one and many others.”

Ah sure, all hours are essential, however some hours are extra essential than others.

twenty seventh over: Australia 61-1 (Khawaja 26, Labuschagne 2) It’s Wooden from the Pavilion finish and he zips one previous the prodding bat of Labuschagne. Good carry from proper arm over. Three slips and a leg slip in place. Good tempo and one other maiden. Useful begin for England.

Right here’s the TMS abroad hyperlink generously shared by Mark Eaedley who’s “tuned-in” from Joburg.

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twenty sixth over: Australia 61-1 (Khawaja 26, Labuschagne 2). A maiden to begin for Anderson who discovered a probing size and a superb line exterior the off stump. Khawaja left most alone however prodded at one which simply left him off the floor. Good work from the English veteran.

Jimmy will bowl first from the Vauxhall Finish. He’s around the wicket to Khawaja on strike who has 26 to his title. Labuschagne on the different finish on two.

The umpires are making their means down the steps. The gang round me are clapping their arms and making noise. The gamers are over the rope and on the sphere. There’s an awesome vitality about.

Not lengthy to go now. Whereas I’ve received you, any abroad readers with the BBC’s TMS hyperlink? Can be an enormous assist. Ta.

Is Jimmy doing extra hurt than good?

Darryl Accone from my dwelling city of Johannesburg has weighed in:

James Anderson’s troubles within the Ashes up to now remind me of the good Allan Donald’s closing, ill-fated foray: a collection in opposition to Australia that ‘White Lightning’ actually ought to have declined. A dodgy reminiscence means that he took only a single wicket for a number of hundred runs, damaging his Take a look at common of 21.67 and bringing it as much as 22.25. Years later, Jacques Kallis prevented the problem of bowing out to Australia in a house collection, the Donald lesson properly learnt. After all this morning’s play may change the Anderson story so far.”

Jimmy has bowled properly. Effectively, he’s bowled alright. Nevertheless it’s clear he’s not firing on all cylinders. He’ll have useful situations this morning. If he can’t get it speaking now then we will safely say he in all probability by no means will once more.

Talking of Starc, it’s value remembering that he was thought-about surplus to necessities when the collection began. Scot Boland had the ball on a string and plenty of believed that Starc’s booming full swingers could be spanked by England’s Bazballers.

As an alternative, the menacing lefty has been the standout bowler for the Aussies.

Geoff Lemon praises his ‘class’:

Starc’s ball to Stokes was an absolute jaffa! Seems that’s how the large left hander offers with the opposite massive left hander. Get a load of this compilation of seeds, nuts and peaches.

“Morning Dan,” hey Babor Ahmed. Thanks for popping by.

“With Moeen out (am gutted), will we get to see the off spin that Stokes was practising within the nets?”

I let you know what, he’s presently turning his arm over on the observe wickets and, I’ve received to say, they’re popping out fairly properly. Little bit of flight and loop and dip and, on the angle at the least, it appears to be turning a contact.

Root will certainly bowl forward of him however wouldn’t it’s sensible if Stokes comes on! Would concurrently really feel like a throwback and an indication of contemporary Bazball. I’m 100% for it.

We’ve received our first mail in and it’s from Tom vd Gucht. Good day Tom!

“Morning. The unhealthy climate impacting on England’s cost for victory final week has thrown into reduction how a lot they wanted to win that match as so most of the England gamers carried out above their regular stage. Statistically talking, Bairstow, Crawley, Woakes and many others are all due a nasty sport now while Smith, Laubauschange and many others are due a superb one after a quiet collection. Then once more, so is Anderson.

“And, the long term metrics, Smith and Laubuschange are literally due a nasty collection after doing so properly for therefore lengthy, so maybe England’s is likely to be off the hook they usually’ll get out cheaply.”

I imply, each Smith and Labuschagne have a whole lot within the collection. I agree they haven’t been sensible, however I don’t assume they’ve been terrible. You’re spot on with England needing a win within the first two matches.

Moeen’s out

Grim information for England. Moeen Ali gained’t take the sphere right this moment as he’s been unable to shake off the groin harm he picked up whereas batting. England won’t want his spin given the cloud cowl. But when Jimmy Anderson struggles to get that Dukes speaking, this might show a decisive.

Moeen Ali unable to discipline right this moment with the groin harm sustained yesterday. Enormous disgrace in what’s (virtually definitely) his closing Take a look at however perhaps there’s an opportunity to do one thing within the second half of the sport…

— Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali) July 28, 2023

So, what do you make of Harry Brook? It’s a easy query to reply. The lad’s a gem with a bat in his hand. Positive he rode his luck yesterday, however a number of the strokes he unfurled, articulatory the on-drive off Starc, introduced out involuntary sounds from the gang.

Andy Bull reckons the younger man is already securing a fairly spectacular legacy. Learn all about it right here:


Daniel Gallan

Daniel Gallan

Ominous clouds blanket south London as England’s hopes of squaring the Ashes dangle within the stability. Neglect all that guff about retaining the little urn that truly by no means leaves its dwelling at Lord’s. This can be a correct Take a look at collection between two correct groups who’ve their very own concepts on the correct solution to play the sport. Pat Cummins needs to do one thing no Aussie skipper has achieved since 2001 and win a five-match rubber on English soil. Ben Stokes doesn’t wish to develop into the primary vanquished captain of the Three Lions on his dwelling patch. This needs to be a superb!

England are barely behind the curve after Australia gained the toss and requested their hosts to bat. It appeared an iffy name after Ben Duckett and Zak Crawley placed on 62 for the opening stand earlier than Harry Brook steadied the ship with a luxurious (and fortuitous) rating of 85.

However a collapse, one which was all too acquainted earlier than the times of Baz noticed England fall from 184-3 to 212-7 when Brook nicked off flashing at a large one from Starc, who was the choose of the bowlers.

Chris Woakes (36) and Mark Wooden (28) biffed it about to haul the rating to 283 all-out. Is {that a} good rating? Each captains can be aggravated and content material in equal measure I reckom.

Australia reached 61-1 on the shut with David Warner the person to go. He was snaffled by Crawley – who has had a superb collection within the cordon – off Woakes. Usman Khawaja isn’t out on 26 with Marnus Labuschagne alongside him on two.

But once more it’s delicately poised. It’s a day for bowling, that’s for positive. However can England make it depend? We’ll quickly see.

My title is Dan. Please do drop me a line or ship a tweet (or ought to we be calling these xeets now?).

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