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5 hours ago, SirFozzie said:

Must not mention England are doing well, must not mention England are doing well....

They're not doing well, they're just doing better than they were, which admittedly was a pretty low bar to clear. They will probably still lose, but a draw is looking like an okay bet and a win is now merely improbable. As I said: through Joe Root all things are possible.

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Most runs for England in Test cricket in 2021:

Root: 1,544 @ 64.33
Burns: 492 @ 28.94
Pope: 359 @ 23.93
Sibley: 356 @ 19.77
Lawrence: 354 @ 27.23
Bairstow: 351 @ 25.07
Buttler: 319 @ 29.00
Stokes: 222 @ 22.20
Malan: 194 @ 38.80
Hameed: 192 @ 27.42
Crawley: 156 @ 11.14

Joe Root carrying the batting for England.

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The BBC Test Match Special commentary team will not be at the Adelaide Oval on day four of the second Ashes Test after a member of the broadcast crew tested positive for Covid-19.

The result means the BBC team and Australian broadcaster ABC are not able to enter the stadium.

Ball-by-ball commentary on the BBC will be provided by ABC from a studio.

"SA [South Australia] Health have begun to trace and notify close contacts," said an Adelaide Oval statement.

"In accordance with our pre-planning we are undertaking a deep clean of the relevant areas and are facilitating alternative facilities for relevant officials as required."

The Covid-19 case was revealed during scheduled testing and the statement also revealed a second member of the media has subsequently tested positive but they did not attend the ground on Sunday and nor did their close contacts.

Australia captain Pat Cummins was ruled out on the eve of the Test after being deemed a close contact of someone who tested positive for Covid-19 at a restaurant.

The hosts began day four on 45-1 in their second innings, already leading by 282.

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England coach Chris Silverwood says he would pick the same two teams again despite the tourists going 2-0 down in the Ashes against Australia.

England lost the first Test in Brisbane by nine wickets, before another heavy defeat by 275 runs in the second Test in Adelaide on Monday.

The choice of bowling attack in each match has been questioned by many pundits and commentators.

"There is always going to be divided opinion," Silverwood told BBC Sport.

"You pick a team and not everybody's going to agree with you."

When asked by BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew if he would pick the same starting sides for the two Tests again, Silverwood said: "To be honest, I would."

England left highest Test wicket-takers James Anderson and Stuart Broad out of the first Test, where left-arm spinner Jack Leach was targeted by Australia, taking 1-102 off just 13 overs.

Anderson was rested as a precaution, but Broad said he was "ready to go" at the Gabba, with Australia captain Pat Cummins "surprised" by Broad's omission.

Anderson and Broad were recalled, while Leach and fast bowler Mark Wood were dropped, for the day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval.

England hoped Anderson and Broad would exploit conditions to find greater movement with the pink ball under floodlights, but looked most threatening in the day at the start of day four, while fellow seamer Chris Woakes rarely threatened in taking 1-149 overall.

Spinners took 10 of the 38 wickets to fall at Adelaide and, without a frontline spinner, England relied on Joe Root's off-spin and Dawid Malan's part-time leg-spin, while seam bowler Ollie Robinson also bowled off-spin for a spell while Root was off the field for a scan.

The extra pace of Mitchell Starc and off-spinner Nathan Lyon's ability to extract turn and bounce troubled England throughout, with the pair taking 11 wickets in total.

"I was happy with the skillset we had in the pink-ball Test, so I would pick the same team again," added Silverwood.

Fucking hell, @DangerMark. Madness. Admit you messed up.

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On 11/24/2013 at 7:50 AM, SirFozzie said:

And england splat again, losing by something like 350 runs.


This could be a LONG series.


On 12/6/2013 at 5:25 AM, SirFozzie said:

Aussies Kicking butt again (529/9). This is not going to be a fun series for England, apparently


On 12/7/2013 at 10:35 AM, SirFozzie said:

Not sure I understand why the Aussies chose to bat again, unless they want to give their bowlers a rest, but I have  a concern that they could be taking their foot off England's throat...


On 12/16/2013 at 11:20 AM, The Natural said:

So many bad days for England in this Ashes series.


On 12/17/2013 at 7:18 AM, The Natural said:

The Ashes return to Australia and they deserve to.


On 1/5/2014 at 8:31 AM, The Natural said:

Deserved to. Wretched and pathetic performances by England in this Ashes series.


On 12/6/2017 at 6:03 AM, The Natural said:

England 2-0 down to Australia in the Ashes with three to play. Fucked.


On 12/18/2017 at 8:25 AM, odessasteps said:

Now we see if it's a white wash. 

A selection of quotes for your perusal from this very thread during previous Australia home Ashes, all of which look like they could have been written yesterday.

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