Majestic England move closer to victory

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Robin Soderling

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  • Majestic England move closer to victory

The English bowlers shattered the Australian hopes to square the Ashes series, when they tattered through the host’s batting line up in no time.  The visitors are just three wickets away to seal the fate of the series 3-1. Australia is still 151 runs behind the target posted by the English team, but the wickets are not enough to conquer the task. They have lost seven wickets already for 213 runs on the board, after the top and the middle order collapsed.

James Anderson and Chris Tremlett bombarded the Australian ranks with some outclass bowling. Anderson showed excessive control over the swing of the ball, and Tremlett fired in some darting deliveries, high on pace, damaging the most. Tremlett’s pace earned him two quick wickets, in back to back deliveries, which exposed the Australian batting much. Brad Haddin was dismissed after which Mitchell Johnson could not hold off the next ball, walking back to the pavilion. It was Steve Smith and Peter Siddle who showed some resilience, seeing off their team at the end of the day. Smith remained not-out on 24 runs whereas Siddle was on 17 when the days play ended.

Anderson took care of the dangerous looking Usman Khawaja, and added Michael Clarke’s wicket to his figures for the match, displaying his bowling control. Usman Khawaja, who impressed the selectors and the crowd with an aggressive yet careful approach, could not carry on with his streak in the second innings. He looked dangerous again but the conversion to a big score did not become a possibility.

Tim Bresnan also performed in an outstanding manner, particularly with the old ball. He claimed Michael Hussey’s wicket, bagging the most crucial wicket of the Australian batting line up. Graeme Swann, who also showed massive performance throughout the series, carried on with the fine form that he was in.

It was the classy batting display by Matthew Prior that allowed England to post a stiff total for their counterparts. He made his first century of the current series, in an attempt to close the series on a high. He made 118 runs and that too fairly quickly, denting the Australians pretty hard. The fourth day proved to be a massive one for the English. They are expected to take the proceedings with confidence tomorrow, in an attempt to bag the series 3-1.



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