Rain washes out day three

Saturday August 1, 2009 by  

Day three of the third Ashes Test between England and Australia has been abandoned at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Persistent overnight and morning rain ensured the covers stayed put despite the best efforts of the ground staff in attempting to prepare the ground for some play today.

There was some hope at midday local time that there might be some play around 2pm. Read more

England fight back at Edgbaston

Saturday August 1, 2009 by  

England has staged a remarkable fight back on the second day of the third Ashes Test against Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham overnight.

The home side dismissed the tourists for 263 with James Anderson and Graham Onions the chief destroyers in the first session that offered plenty of swing in the gloomy conditions.

Having resumed at 1-126, Shane Watson and Mike Hussey fell on the first two balls bowled in dramatic circumstances.

Watson was trapped lbw, while Hussey cleaned bowled to leave Onions on a hat-trick. Read more

Australia makes most of rain reduced first day

Friday July 31, 2009 by  

Australia has begun the third Ashes Test against England on a positive note despite rain reducing the opening day at Edgbaston in Birmingham overnight.

The Australians finished the first day on 1-126 with Simon Katich the lone wicket to fall in 30 pulsating overs after play was suspended until 5pm local time.

Ricky Ponting won the toss and had no hesitation batting first with the outfield still damp from the overnight and morning rain.

All-rounder Shane Watson, who bowled superbly at Northamptonshire on the weekend, replaced the out of form opener Philip Hughes. Read more

England salvage draw from defeat

Monday July 13, 2009 by  

England has salvaged a draw on the fifth and final day of the first Ashes Test against Australia at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff overnight.

James Anderson and Monty Panesar became England’s unlikely heroes, surviving the last 69 balls and, streakily adding 19 runs which put the home side ahead when time and overs ran out.

Paul Collingwood though takes most of the praise for seeing England through with a match saving 74 runs in nearly six hours at the crease.

Collingwood, like many of his teammates, provided chances to the Australians however stood firm while those at the other end fell on their sword. Read more

Aussies heroics put England on the ropes

Sunday July 12, 2009 by  

Marcus North and Brad Haddin have put Australia in a winning position after day four of the first Ashes Test against England at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff overnight.

The middle-order duo pummelled the English bowling in the a blistering period after lunch to guide Australia through to 6-674 – leading by 239 runs when captain Ricky Ponting declared when Haddin was brilliantly caught in the deep by Ravi Bopara.

Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Johnson then chimed in with the ball to leave the hosts floundering on 2-20 when stumps were drawn – trailing by 219 runs with only eight wickets in hand.

Rain robbed the Australians of the chance to snare more wickets in the third session, though the camp is pleased with the current situation as it looks forward to a forecast of fine weather on the final day this evening our time. Read more

Australia takes charge but draw looms

Saturday July 11, 2009 by  

Australia has taken command of the first Ashes Test against England after the third day at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff overnight.

However, rain suspended play in the evening session and has been forecast to disrupt Saturday’s fourth day which could hinder the possibility of an outright victory for either side.

The Australians closed the day on 5-479, taking the lead just before the tea break with Michael Clarke and Marcus North consolidating in a 163-run fifth wicket stand.

Clarke (83) though was the lone wicket to fall in the rain shortened 39-minute final session when he top edged a pull shot off Stuart Broad through to keeper Matt Prior with another first-class century on offer. Read more

Katich and Ponting plunder England

Friday July 10, 2009 by  

Simon Katich and Ricky Ponting have ensured Australia remains in the match after the second day of the first Ashes Test against England at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff overnight.

The Australians finished off the day at 1-249, trailing overall by 186 runs after twin centuries from Katich and Ponting thwarted the England bowlers led by James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Neither paceman could trouble the Australians who dismissed the host team for 435 after the tail wagged in adding a further 99 runs to the total from the first day closure.

An old flame in the English side though did, all-rounder Andrew Flintoff as he provided some spark with his first over which unsettled youngster Phil Hughes. Read more

England claims edge at Cardiff

Thursday July 9, 2009 by  

The first Ashes Test is evenly poised despite England claiming the honours on the opening day of the series at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff overnight.

England closed the day at 7-336 but looked set to take a huge lead after the first day when Kevin Pietersen (69) and Paul Collingwood (64) shared a fourth wicket stand of 138.

However, four final session wickets have ensured Australia remains in the contest.

The Australians opted for a specialist spinner on the morning of the match with Nathan Hauritz named in the line-up ahead of seamer Stuart Clark. Read more

Lee ruled out of Ashes opener

Tuesday July 7, 2009 by  

Fast bowler Brett Lee has been ruled out of the first Ashes Test, and may miss the second match as well, after it was confirmed today that he has an abdominal strain.

After an impressive lead up in the Tour matches, Lee was considered a certainty to play in the first Test, along side Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle, which is due to start tomorrow evening Australian time.

“I’m gutted and extremely disappointed that I won’t be there for that first Test match, but I’ll find a way to bounce back,” Lee said at the media conference.

“I’ve gotten back from five ankle surgeries so I’m sure one little muscle strain won’t keep me out for too long.” Read more