Post by EoE: My Highway Is The Sky on Aug 25, 2019 10:18:34 GMT -5
And with only one wicket left in hand, England win the match and square up the series 1-1 with two matches to play!
Australia had it in their hands too... Dropped catches, fumbled run-outs and poor use of the wicket review system (using it on a ball that was clearly missing, leaving them unable to use it on a ball that was clearly out that wasn’t called as such) cost them here almost as much as Stokes’s batting won it for England.
Post by Nickybojelais on Aug 27, 2019 19:25:36 GMT -5
What is it about Headingley that makes Australia turn into mush. 1981, a shambolic England team chasing down 315 to win in 2001 and now the miracle of 2019. It's almost as if the Aussies are cursed in Leeds.
Is it too soon to equate the drama of this series to the 2005 series?
Post by EoE: My Highway Is The Sky on Sept 4, 2019 6:34:28 GMT -5
Fourth test is underway at Old Trafford (not Manchester United’s home stadium, a different one with the same name), with Australia at bat. Smith returns in place of Khawaja, and Starc makes his first appearance of the series coming in for Pattinson.
Post by EoE: My Highway Is The Sky on Sept 5, 2019 12:21:03 GMT -5
Australia declares their first innings at 8/497, Smith getting a whopping 211 with able support from Paine, Starc and Lyon over the remainder of the innings, leaving England with about an hour at the end of the second day to start chasing that score.
Post by EoE: My Highway Is The Sky on Sept 7, 2019 13:06:13 GMT -5
Well, so much for that. England end their first innings all out for 301. Australia had a quick fire seconds innings to declare at 6/186, and now England go into the final day at 2/18, needing 365 to take the win and a 2-1 series lead into the last test of the series.
Australia just need eight wickets to win the Ashes in England for the first time in 18 years.
Post by EoE: My Highway Is The Sky on Sept 15, 2019 12:35:30 GMT -5
England win the final test match of the series, so officially it ends with a 2-2 tie, the first such instance in an Ashes series in 47 years, and as such, Australia still haven’t actually won a series in England since 2001. Australia retain The Ashes as the reigning champions.
That’s it for Australia for a little while, they return home to prepare for the usual busy summer schedule of matches. England prepare now for a series of matches with New Zealand, a pairing now forever linked with that epic World Cup final.