David Warner’s 85-Run Knock Helps Aussies Get Commanding Position in Last Blow against England

August 21 01:18 2015

warnerNew Delhi, Friday, August 21 – Alastair Cook-led team England won the toss and decided to field first against Australia at Kennington Oval, London on Thursday, August 20. Australian skipper Michael Clarke, who is playing last Test match of his career, expected his men to bat strongly in opposition to the rivals in first session and they did not disappoint.

Having Chris Rogers, David Warner, Steven Smith, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon, Australia are expecting to win this match and gain confidence with a win as they have lost the Ashes already at the hands of England. A victory at this stage will help them move confidently towards the upcoming matches, which are slated to take place within a short span of time.

The top-order did its best. The destructive hitter David Warner though fell 15 runs short to get another ton in his pocket, he smashed wonderful shots almost in all the corners to build pressure on the host. The opener Chris Rogers was sent back to the pavilion by Mark Wood at a score of 43 runs in the second ball of 34th over.

The new batsman on the crease was Steven Smith, who looked dangerous with his batting as he started to hit the ball hard the moment he arrived. He will resume batting at 78 runs on Friday. Up till now, he has struck nine fours and a six and no wonder there is no stopping for him for the reason that he has learnt from experience how to hold the fort when hopes are soaring. Warner succumbed to Moeen Ali after hitting 11 boundaries to hoard runs in speed.

Ben Stokes was able to send Clarke at a small total after Jos Buttler made no mistake to take a good catch. In the first innings, the 34-year-old Aussie captain scored 15 runs off 29 balls, including a boundary. Adam Voges will be the person on the other end with Smith today to kick off his play at 47 runs. The right-handed cricketer struck eight 4s so far.

On Day 1, Australia looked strong as they accumulated 287 runs in 79.4 overs, losing three wickets. With some amazing batsmen yet to bat, it might not be easy for the host to bounce back in the match. Mark Wood, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali have got 1 wicket each while Steven Finn and Stuart Broad yet strive for it. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that bowlers failed to take momentum as like previous matches further. 19 extras have been bowled so far.

The opening duo felt the ease to play bowling by England bowlers, especially Broad and Finn, who surprised the entire cricket fraternity during the contests concluded lately. Smith made use of his good form in opposition to England a day ago as well and sent the ball toward the fences whenever possible and taking quick single when needed.  As far as happenings on the field a day ago is kept in mind then the home-side lost the ground as the match progressed. Perhaps, their casual approach benefited the rivals, who  will now leave no stone unturned to log a triumph. Despite the fact that Michael Clarke’s poor form continued, Aussies may have a grip in the last blow.

His early wicket made Cook’s men heave a sigh of relief as this could have been vastly different had he settled on the crease, changing equations of the match to a great extent. Right from the beginning of this match, it was clear that it is not going to be a cake walk for both teams to be on the winning side. The openers Warner and Rogers gave Aussies a good start, letting the opponents know they will not succumb to unwanted stress, which was due to recent defeats in the ongoing series. A sizeable lead will be eye. Since Australian players house the potential to take their squad very close to the humongous total, selection of wrong shots while facing finest deliveries may give them early shocks.

The match was stopped for a brief period as a result of untimely rains but the covers were off soon as the weather turned clear. Pitch conditions might not be same as of the earlier due to transition in climate. It is interesting to notice what will be England’s line of attack to get the remaining wickets and start batting. With bigger names like Adam Lyth, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Jonathan Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood and Steven Finn, Alastair Cook can think of pulling off this time as well and shape up his career. This is important for him as many criticized when not able to deliver a kind of performance that was expected. Winning the Ashes by 4-1 will add another feather in his cap. Let us wait and watch his next step.