The Ashes, 4th Test: Smells Like Team Spirit




Jonathan Trott

Jonathan Trott

The 3rd day of the 4th test match in the ashes series in Melbourne with England now on the brink of victory. The Aussies looked defeated as they tried every way possible to overcome their positively ghastly first day score of 98 but just couldn’t manage it.

It is quite clearly visible through the course of this match that almost every innings that has taken place has shown a new hero on the England side. In the Australian first innings it was James Anderson and Chris Tremlett who took 4 wickets each and Matt Prior taking 6 catches, they together chopped up the Aussie batting line up.

During England’s first innings it was skipper Andrew Strauss, Matt Prior and most importantly Jonathan Trott who formed major partnerships and put up a total of 513, all this considering Peter Siddle of Australia had a 6 wicket haul, but little too late for him.

And now Australia’s second innings had put the spot light on Tim Bresnan who took 3 wickets that of opener Shane Watson who seems to be one of the few Aussie batsmen who are in form at the moment, he made 54runs in 102 balls. Bresnan got Ricky Ponting who seems to have become everybody’s bunny making his personal best in the series of 20runs in 73balls and Bresnan also dismissed Michael Hussey who has been Australia’s saving grace in the last few matches on a duck.

Graeme Swann and James Anderson took one wicket each, that of Michael Clarke and Steven Smith respectively. So now Australia ended at 169 for the loss of 6 wickets at the end of day 3. Australia will need to bat out for two days in order to keep the match alive for themselves, but it seems highly unlikely when their top and middle order having barely managed to survive the Brit bowling attack in all sessions.

It seems difficult for Australia to bounce back now.

However nobody can blame the bowling for the abysmal performance by Australia which is what most considered would be responsible for their game; the real problem has been with the batting. With no control on partnerships and low morale of the team it is obvious that Australia must blame their downfall on what was considered to be an iron clad line up.

England will in all likely hoods win the 4th test and they already know it. Only complete and utter disasters can stop them now.

Unfortunately for Australia, the ghost of Christmas past still seems to be haunting them.

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