Trent Bridge Ready to Host Decisive Test between Australia & England

August 05 01:11 2015

engNew Delhi, Wednesday, August 5 – Trent Bridge, Nottingham, is all set to host the contest between Australia & England. It has been lately when the Aussies were sent on the back foot by England at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Strength of mind, physical & mental strength and keenness to do something amazing enabled the host to show how dedicated efforts on the ground could do impossible thing possible. A victory on Australia is always special and it becomes exceptional when 8-wicket win is pocketed opposite to the visitors.

It was surprising to notice Aussies amassing just 136 runs in 36.4 overs in the previous Test and losing 10 wickets within a short span of time. It was England that left stone unturned to gain a foothold in the match and took substantial lead as they hoarded 281 in first innings.

Pulling through in a condition when contender is so strong is not that easy but England compelled Australia to take them serious by winning the 3 Test match of the Ashes series after putting cap on Michael Clarke-led side that scored 265 runs. 124 runs were required by English cricketers and they attained for the loss of just 2 wickets. Six-wicket haul of England right-arm fast bowler Steven Finn was heroic. Same sort of magic is anticipated from him and other bowlers Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad and James Anderson at Birmingham Test, which is to start from tomorrow.

Role of Joe Root, Adam Lyth and England skipper Alastair Cook will be a must watch. Cook has given perfect answer to critics. Though he may not be able to play a big knock but he did something what’s expected from his as a captain. England compelled Aussies to topple. David Warner, Peter Nevill and Mitchell Starc would only be called successful to a certain extent but their efforts went in vain after home-side attained insignificant target with run rate of 3.86.

It is the time when Australians ought to win at Trent Bridge if they are keen to be back in game and to equalize the series by 2-2. Aside from reputation, it is a question of proving themselves better than England. A triumph at this point in time is what they want but would they be able to rebound when the host are back in terrific form will be watched. Pressure is on Australia as a defeat in next game will shatter all hopes of winning the series.

Expectations will be up from Steven Smith who wasn’t in form during lately concluded match. However, since he showed the world what kind of potential he houses in previous tournaments. Michael Clarke was dismissed at 10 and 3 runs in 1st and 2nd innings, respectively. However, England know he could be outstanding the moment he starts hitting. Some strategies are certainly going to be on top list of England to repeat the terrific performance as they recently did. The level of difficulty is surely going to rise for the squad whose top and middle-order do not contribute as much as they should, to take pressure away from upcoming batsmen.

No common trend has been noticed so far in the series; sometimes humongous total was put on the scoreboard, while on some occasions, a small total was defended. Viewers are undoubtedly excited to see who wins and loses the match.  But at the same time, Australians supporters want their team to register success at this platform otherwise they would be left with no option than to let England jump in joy post pocketing the Ashes series. If the tourists win tomorrow’s match, contest of Kennington Oval, London, will turn decisive. Aussies have tasted English conditions in the overseas against the competitor and this time focus will be on giving a good reply. Let us wait a tad and see whose response has got weightage than the other.