Stuart Broad Makes Aussies Taste Real English Conditions; Shines with 8-Wicket Haul

August 06 22:55 2015

broadNew Delhi, Friday, August 7 – Did anyone ever think Aussies will touch the floor against England in the tournament like Ashes? Probably no! The World Champions collapsed at a feeble total of 60 runs.  Probably they themselves didn’t imagine what is gonna happen at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, where preparations were all done to host the decisive Test between Australia & England.

Australian fans wanted their team to start well and register a win in the later stages which could have helped them be robust and set a challenging score. But they were left with no option than to see England jump in joy thanks to eight-wicket haul of Stuart Broad (8-15).

In spite of the truth that cricket involves a lot of uncertainty but according to current scenario, Aussies seem no where in the game. The Ashes series has let England rise from shocks received in the previous months. Since the tourists failed to spend time on the crease, it appears contest of Kennington Oval, London, will be just a formality as England seem keen to let the outcome come herein. The first shock was felt in the first over when Chris Rogers was sent back to the pavilion at a zero.

Steven Smith was supposed to hold the fort and this was the need of time. He struck a boundary as well to gain grip and be on the 22 yards pitch but soon he had to depart at a score of 6 runs as soon as Broad came on attack. Once again, poor form of the young man continued and he did not succeed to show what kind of potential he houses to bring things on track. The opener David Warner, who is known for hitting the ball hard, departed on a naught.

Broad was on fire and the next man who succumbed to him was Shaun Marsh, who was also out at a zero. Adam Voges was next to go back but with no substantial contribution as he pocketed just a single in 4 balls. Australian skipper Michael Clarke, who scored just 10 and 3 runs in 1st and 2nd innings, respectively, in the previous Test, did not introduce anything surprising from his end and threw his wicket at 10 runs in 15 balls, inclusive of a couple of boundaries. Given that England knew he could be exceptional when it is a matter of looking after things. strategies worked and Clarke was dismissed by Broad.

Wicketkeeper batsman Peter Nevill and fast bowler Mitchell Starc accumulated 2 runs and 1 run, respectively. Sometimes taunt does good for the rivals and this seemed accurately true in Australia and England match. Had Starc been able to focus on performance rather than mocking at English players for being uncertain over pitch, no wonder if Aussies would have been in the state to give tough competition. The leading scorer from Australian side was Mitchell Johnson with 13 runs.

It was slightly funny to notice that individual scores earned by Australians were less than number of balls bowled extra. England gave 14 extra runs but still bowling lineup ensured to hurt Aussies do deep so that they couldn’t recover from the shock. Mark Wood  and Steven Finn got 1-1 wicket each Efforts by every England cricketer deserve words of praise and what a captaincy by their captain Alastair Cook whose decisions worked in favor of his team, letting them reach at a strong spot and giving a good reply to all those who showed no faith in him and his ability to lead the squad.

Given that no usual trend has been observed up to now in the series over the way of pocketing runs as sometimes a humiliating defeat was inflicted on England when Aussies added humongous total together, while Engalnd succeeded twice despite not so big total was put on the scoreboard but managed to defend the same. Viewers now speculate whether they would end  the game on Day 2 or a miracle would happen. It will be certainly a major point to watch. Till stumps, England scored 274 runs in 65 overs, losing 4 wickets in the form of opening duo Adam Lyth and Cook correspondingly at 14 runs in 28 balls and 43 runs in 87 balls, Ian Bell, who got his legs before wickets at 1 run, and Joe Jonathan Bairstow at  74 runs in 105 balls, including 12 boundaries.

Joe Root has once again impressed England supporters with his striking knock of 124 runs off 158 balls, together with 19 fours and a six, with a strike rate of 78.5. He will resume today’s play with Mark Wood, who is batting at 2 runs. Earning wickets is indispensable at this stage. The level of complexity is indisputably going to increase for the playing XI whose top, middle and lower batting orders fell short of expectations, not contributing as much as they should in order to put stress on the host. Aussies attack has to be sharp while fielding if they are determined to bounce back. Pressure is certainly on Clarke’s men as they are standing on the verge of losing the series. Expectations are still up but let us wait and watch how the match progresses on Day 2.