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BEFORE I start, I must apologise for not blogging at all since New Year’s Day. I have just been so weighed down with work since I went back to school that I just haven’t had the time to write.

So I’ll just quickly sum up the fifth and final Ashes Test match and some of the records that England smashed at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Michael Clarke was appointed to Australian Captain after Ricky Ponting was declared unfit to bat with his injured finger. I think the fact that he had averaged just 16.14 also played a factor in him not playing don’t you? Australia also gave debuts to Usman Khawaja (the first Pakistani Australian to play for Australia) who replaced Ponting at number three, and spinner Michael Beer – the 10th different spinner Australia have used since Shane Warne retired in 2007.

During the match England’s Paul Collingwood a.k.a. Brigadier Block announced his retirement from Test Cricket. He will still play O.D.I. matches and captain the Twenty20 side though.

Clarke won the toss and decided to bat. The home side (who were determined to level the series) were all out for 280. They were 189-8 but the Jekyll and Hyde-like Mitchell Johnson along with Ben Hilfenhaus hit 53 and 34 respectively to give Australia what looked like a fighting chance.

But then came the finest innings England have ever played in Australia. Alastair Cook scored a terrific 189 off 342 balls. This score meant that Cook had scored a huge 766 runs in the series at an average of 127.67. Wally Hammond is the only Englishman who has scored more runs in a five match series – 905 against Australia in 1928/9. Ian Bell scored 115 (his first Ashes century) and wicketkeeper Matt Prior hit 118 from 130 balls. Prior’s ton was the quickest English Ashes century since Sir Ian Botham in 1981 at Old Trafford. England’s sixth, seventh and eighth wicket partnerships all made 100, the very first time that this has happened in a Test match. England passed 500 runs in an innings for the fourth time in the series, the first time we have ever done this. The tourists also went past 600 runs in an innings for the second time in the series and ended the innings with a score of 644 all out – our highest total in Australia…wow!

Australia needed to score 364 to make England bat again but were all out for 281. Steve Smith (54*) and Peter Siddle (a Test best 42) offered some resistance near the end, which came when Beer played a delivery from Chris Tremlett onto his stumps. England won by an Innings & 83 runs – the first time that a touring side has won three Tests by an Innings in a series.

Cook scored the most runs in the series (766) while James Anderson took the most wickets (24). England have destroyed Australia in this series and all I can say is this…HOW DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO HAVE IT DONE TO YOU?! 😛

Ashes 2010/11 5th Test – Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Australia won the toss and elected to bat




280 (106.1 overs @ 2.64 rpo)

1st Innings

644 (177.5 overs @ 3.62 rpo)

M.G. Johnson 53 (66)

A.N. Cook 189 (342)

J.M. Anderson 4-66

M.G. Johnson 4-168

281 (84.4 overs @ 3.32 rpo)

2nd Innings

S.P.D. Smith 54* (90)

J.M. Anderson 3-61


Umpires – Aleem Dar (Pak) and Billy Bowden (NZ)

England won by an Innings & 83 Runs – England won the Test series 3-1 with one Drawn Test

ENGLAND retained The Ashes with one Test match to remaining in the series after annihilating Australia in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (M.C.G.).

The tourists once again won the toss and England Captain Andrew Strauss once again elected to field. This would allow James Anderson a chance to bowl again after suffering a side strain, and it also meant that under fire Aussie Captain Ricky Ponting would have to bat much sooner in the game with his fractured left little finger.

Opener Shane Watson should have been out twice before he scored his first run but his luck was in. Well it seemed so anyway until he was caught by Kevin Pietersen (who almost caught him out earlier) off Chris Tremlett for just 5. Ponting then fell to Tremlett for yet another cheap score.

The end of Ponting? He is not playing in the fifth Test. Form, injury or is his time is up?

Anderson soon claimed the vital wicket of Michael Hussey when he had just scored 8. This was the first time in the series that Hussey was out for a score of below 50.

Anderson seems to be quite popular for getting Hussey out for 8.

With Philip Hughes also out (just before Ponting was) Australia were in trouble at 58-4 and things didn’t get any better. England managed to bowl Australia out for just 98 😮 (their lowest Ashes total at the M.C.G.) in 42.5 overs before Tea. All of the ten Aussie wickets were caught behind the wicket with keeper Matt Prior taking six catches.

Before the close of play on day one England’s openers, Strauss and Alastair Cook had taken England’s total to an impressive 157-0, a lead of 59 runs. Even at this point in the Test match I was 100% certain of an England win. No Test match had been won by the team who had been bowled out for under 100 in the first innings since 1907.

Strauss and Cook both feel early on day two and this brought Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen to the crease. Then came perhaps the most controversial incident of the series so far. When Pietersen was on 49 he appeared to edge the ball to Aussie wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. Umpire Aleem Dar said Pietersen was not out but Australia asked for a review of the decision. Dar’s decision was upheld by the third umpire but Ponting continued to argue with both on pitch umpires for Pietersen’s dismissal. Ponting was later fined 40% of his match fee. Even schoolboys know not to argue with the umpire. Seriously Ricky group up.

The last actions of a desperate man?

Unfortunately Pietersen was out after he added just two more runs to his total and was quickly followed back to the pavilion by Paul Collingwood (8) and Ian Bell (1) who got themselves out to identical shots. Matt Prior was also caught out but somebody up there obviously likes him because the delivery was a no-ball which allowed him to remain that the crease and go on to make 85.

When your lucks in...

England were eventually all out for 513, a lead of 415 runs. Peter Siddle had taken six England wickets and two catches on his home ground, but the innings belonged to Trott who was at the crease right until the end and finished with a score of 168 not out.

Three of Trott’s five Test 100s have come against Australia.

This series has now seen another rare occurrence thanks to England’s 513 total. We haven’t scored 500+ three times in an Ashes series since 1928/29 when we won the series down under 4-1.

There was further bad news for Australia when it was reviled that Ryan Harris had fractured his ankle during his run up earlier in the England innings. He would take no further part in the Test, meaning England needed just nine wickets to retain the Ashes.

Harris lying injured on the ground. Get well soon.

Australia’s top order again failed as they began their second innings and Hussey was out for a duck. The score was now 104-4. They eventually limped to 169-6 at the end of day three, still 246 runs behind with just three wickets in hand. Haddin and Siddle put on 86 runs for the eighth wicket, but they were clearly just delaying the inevitable. Siddle was caught by Pietersen off Graeme Swann after playing one big shot too many and there was just Ben Hilfenhaus standing in the way. He only lasted four balls before he edged a ball from Tim Bresnan to Matt Prior to complete a pair and to confirm an England victory by an Innings & 157 runs – England’s biggest win over Australia since Jim Laker’s 19-90 match in 1956. This is also the first time that Australia have lost two Test matches in a home series by an innings.

ASHES! IT’S THE ASHES! 😀 The England players celebrate the final wicket of Hilfenhaus.


YEESSS! If only the Aussies could have got the flag right. It looks like the Danish flag in reverse.

The win was celebrated by the England squad performing Graeme Swann’s ‘Sprinkler Dance’ in front of the Barmy Army. Hopefully we’ll be seeing scenes like this after the fifth and final Test at Sydney.

Move over Usain Bolt, sport has a new pose!


Ashes 2010/11 4th Test – Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

England won the toss and elected to field




98 (42.5 overs @ 2.29 rpo)

1st Innings

513 (159.1 overs @ 3.22 rpo)

M.J. Clarke 20 (54)

I.J.L. Trott 168* (345)

C.T. Tremlett 4-26

P.M. Siddle 6-75

258 (85.4 overs @ 3.01 rpo)

2nd Innings

B.J. Haddin 55* (93)

T.T. Bresnan 4-50


Umpires – Aleem Dar (Pak) and Tony Hill (NZ)

England won by an Innings & 157 Runs – England lead series 2-1 with one Test remaining and have RETAINED THE ASHES! 😀

Man of the Match = I.J.L. Trott

PS: Believe it or not (but it is true) this is my 200th blog!

THE Ashes series down-under has been blown wide open thanks to Australia’s crushing 267 run victory over England at the W.A.C.A. Ground in Perth to level the series at 1-1. 😦

All England needed to do to retain the Ashes was to win this Test match, and after England Captain Andrew Strauss had won the toss, put Australia in to bat and the bowlers reduced them to 69-5 everything looked great.

Chris Tremlett was amongst the early Australian wickets.


England enjoyed their lunch much more than the Aussies on day one.

But Michael Hussey once again dug his team out of a hole with a score of 61.

England waiting for confirmation of Hussey’s wicket.

But when he was out the Aussies were still six down for 137. The tale-end then waged exuberantly. Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin made 53, Mitchell Johnson top-scored with 62, Peter Siddle scored 35 not out and Ben Hilfenhaus made a cameo 13.

Now England had again bowled Australia out on the first day and a score of 268 seemed at little low, especially when England’s openers Strauss and Alastair Cook put on 78 for the opening partnership. Then Mitchell Johnson finally turned up against England. In a spell that cost just 7 runs he dismissed: Cook (32), Jonathan Trott (4), Kevin Pietersen (0) and Paul Collingwood (5). England were now 98-5. Johnson finished the innings with figures of 6-38 and England had collapsed to 187 all out, 81 runs behind Australia. Things could have been much worse had Strauss and Ian Bell not made half centuries.

Johnson finally discovered some form against England.

Australia’s top order (Phillip Hughes (12), Captain Ricky Ponting (1) and Michael Clark (20)) again failed with the bat, leaving Australia on 64-3, leading by 145 runs.

Ricky Ponting has scored just 22 runs in his last 4 innings. 😛

Unfortunately Shane Watson and Hussey’s 113 run fourth wicket partnership turned the match in Australia’s favour. Watson made 95 and Hussey was the last man out with a score of 116.

Mike Hussey – Australia’s in form batsman.

Tremlett had taken five wickets and Australia’s second innings total was 309. With well over two whole days left to play England needed to make 391 runs to win and retain the Ashes.

Tremlett celebrates his first 5-for in a Test match.

I felt quietly confident at this point. England have made scores like this with their eyes closed in the first two Test matches of this series, and two years ago South Africa had chased 414 runs at the W.A.C.A. against Australia and won by 6 wickets.

But, England’s top order crumbled to 81-5 at the close of play on day three. Strauss made just 15, Cook 13, Trott 31 – top scorer of the innings, Pietersen 3 and Collingwood 11.

The run chase never really got going did it Strauss?

Day four wasn’t expected to last too long and truth be told it didn’t. Australia took just 50 minutes to dismiss: night-watchman James Anderson (3), Ian Bell (16), wicketkeeper Matt Prior (10), Graeme Swann (9) and Steven Finn (2).

When Bell was out the match was all but over.

Ryan Harris took six wickets for 47 runs and England had been knocked over for a messily 123 in 37 overs, handing Australia victory by 267 runs.

Ryan Harris celebrates his best Test figures and Australia levelling the series.

For his performances with both bat and ball (‘bout time) Mitchell Johnson was awarded Man of the Match.

To all Australian’s reading this post, we had to let you win one, and we will squash you in the Boxing Day Test at the M.C.G. You have been warned!

Ashes 2010/11 3rd Test – W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth

England won the toss and elected to field




268 (76 overs @ 3.53 rpo)

1st Innings

187 (62.3 overs @ 2.99 rpo)

M.G. Johnson 62 (93)

I.R. Bell 53 (90)

J.M. Anderson 3-61

M.G. Johnson 6-38

309 (86 overs @ 3.59 rpo)

2nd Innings

123 (37 overs @ 3.32 rpo)

M.E.K. Hussey 116 (172)

I.J.L. Trott 31 (61)

C.T. Tremlett 5-87

R.J. Harris 6-47

Umpires – Billy Doctrove (WI) and Marais Erasmus (Rsa)

Australia won by 267 Runs – Series Level at 1-1 with two Tests remaining

Man of the Match = M.G. Johnson

ENGLAND are just one victory away from retaining the Ashes after beating Australia by an Innings and 71 runs in the second Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Aussie Captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat. In hindsight this proved to be the wrong choice because the hosts got off to their worst start in a Test match for 60 years. Simon Katich was Run Out by Jonathan Trott without having faced a ball – a Diamond Duck – and Ponting was dismissed with the very next ball (Caught Graeme Swann off of James Anderson). Australia were 0-2. Michael Clarke was then out in exactly the same manner soon afterwards and Australia were 2-3!

England celebrating Katich’s Diamond Duck.

Ponting’s Golden Duck.

TWO runs for THREE wickets!

Australia recovered from their poor start, and scores of 93 from Michael Hussey and 56 from Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin helped the Aussies to a first innings total of 245.

Swann gets Hussey out just seven runs short of 100.

There was just enough time at the end of the first day for England’s openers – Captain Andrew Strauss and the in-form Alastair Cook – to face one over.  England scored just the one run off the over, but as the players walked back to the pavilion Ricky Ponting started chopsing off at his opposite number. Why I don’t know.

Feeling the pressure are we Ricky?

Strauss was dismissed for just one in the first over of the second day (bowled by Doug Bollinger). 


But the England top order had still maintained the form they had from the first Test in Brisbane, as by the time the next England wicket fell (Trott for 78) England had scored 176. When Alastair Cook was finally out for 148 (Caught Behind off Ryan Harris) the England run total was 351. Since he was dismissed in the first innings of the Brisbane Test Cook had batted for 1,022 minutes and scored 371 runs.

Cook scoring yet another 100!

101 runs later and Paul Collingwood was out L.B.W. for 42 off the bowling of Shane Watson. But to the pain of the Australians, Kevin Pietersen was still at the crease and smashing the Aussie bowling attack to all corners of the ground. When he was finally (and sadly) out for a Test best score of 227 the England score was 568-5. Ian Bell hit an unbeaten 68 and Wicketkeeper Matt Prior had put in a cameo appearance – scoring 27 off 21 balls – when Strauss declared the England innings on a huge 620-5. This is one of the highest totals England have ever made against Australia and the first time England have scored more than 500 runs against Australia in consecutive innings against them.

KP scored his first Test century since the tour of the West Indies in March 2009 on the way to his highest Test score.

Long story short in the context of this match, Australia needed to make 375 runs to make England bat again.

The Australian top order made a much better fist of it in their second innings, with Shane Watson and Simon Katich scoring 57 and 43 respectively. Ponting again failed to get into double figures (9) but with day four drawing to a close Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey were proving difficult to shift. With the score at 238-3 Strauss gave the ball to Pietersen for the last over in order to try something different, and what a brilliant idea it was too! With just his second ball he took Clarke’s wicket (Caught Cook) taking his Test total of Wickets to five.

Self-proclaimed All-Rounder Pietersen turns the match well and truly in England’s favour.

With the threat of rain hanging over the Adelaide Oval at the start of day five Australia needed to score a further 137 runs to put England in again who just needed six wickets to win.

The rain never came however and the middle and tail end of the Australian batting line up fell apart and at 295-9 (with Ryan Harris having to suffer the shame of making a King Pair in the process) the Adelaide Oval was full of England fans eagerly awaiting victory. Then with the first ball of the 100th over Swann bowled Peter Siddle to take five-for in the innings and Australia were all out for 304 and England had won by an Innings and 71 Runs for our 100th Test victory over Australia! 😀 And then the rain came…LOL!


I believe the last time Australia lost by an innings at home was in January 1993 at the hands of the West Indies, so it’s about time they got a good kicking like this in front of their home crowd. Unfortunately for England Stuart Broad will miss the rest of the Ashes and the O.D.I. series after tearing a muscle in his stomach. 😦

Get well soon Broady.

Next stop is the WACA in Perth. BRING IT ON!

Ashes 2010/11 2nd Test – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Australia won the toss and elected to bat




245 (85.5 overs @ 2.85 rpo)

1st Innings

620-5 dec. (152 overs @ 4.08 rpo)

M.E.K. Hussey 93 (183)

K.P. Pietersen 227 (308)

J.M. Anderson 4-51

R.J. Harris 2-84

304 (99.1 overs @ 3.07 rpo)

2nd Innings

M.J. Clarke 80 (139)

G.P. Swann 5-91


Umpires – Marais Erasmus (Rsa) and Tony Hill (Nzl)

England won by an Innings & 71 Runs – England lead the series 1-0 with three Tests remaining

Man of the Match = K.P. Pietersen

THE first Test match of the 2010/11 Ashes series at The Gabba in Brisbane ended in a Draw, but not after some truly epic scorecards were produced.

England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat first. This ruled out the possibility of a repeat of the infamous first ball of the last series down-under (Steve Harmison bowled a wide to second slip).

The first thing Ponting will lose this winter.

Unfortunately Australia had something to laugh about after just three balls this time when Strauss was caught by Michael Hussey of the bowling of Ben Hilfenhaus for a duck. 😦

Oh Duck!

From being 0-1, 41-2, 117-3 and 125-4 England got the score up to 197-4. Then Peter Siddle came on to bowl. The Birthday boy, 26, then took the first Ashes Hat-Trick since England’s Darren Gough took three wickets in as many balls in Sydney in 1999. Siddle dismissed Alastair Cook for 67 (caught Shane Watson), bowled England’s wicketkeeper Matt Prior for a golden duck and dismissed Stuart Broad L.B.W.

Siddle appeals for L.B.W. against Broad for his Hat-Trick.


Broad is given out, and Siddle is destined not to remember anything more of his Birthday.

We were now 197-7 and were it not for Ian Bell’s 76 we would have gotten nowhere near our eventual total of 260. Siddle finished the innings with bowling figures of 6-54.

Australia’s reply got off to a shaky start and at one point they were 143-5. But a Gabba partnership record of 307 runs between Michael Hussey (195 caught Alastair Cook of Steven Finn) and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (136 caught Paul Collingwood of Graeme Swann) helped Australia to a first innings total of 481 and a lead of 221 runs.

Hussey reaches three figures. Haddin will later go on to reach this mark as well.

 Finn (below) matched Siddle by taking six wickets but conceded 125 runs in the process.

Things looked grim. Surly we couldn’t get hammered by an innings in the first Test?

Fortunately Strauss, Cook and Trott wrote themselves into the record books and saved England’s first innings blushes. Captain Strauss scored 110 before being stumped by Haddin of the bowling of Marcus North. He and Cook had put on an opening stand of 188 runs between them. This beat the record for the largest England opening partnership at The Gabba, during which they overtook the great Sir Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe as England’s largest scoring opening batsmen.

Strauss celebrates his 100.

 But the loss of Strauss was only a slight setback. Cook and new-man-in Trott put on a massive Hussey and Haddin record breaking 329 run partnership for the second wicket. Cook – who had an average summer – had scored a career high 235 not out, beating Sir Don Bradman’s previous Gabba record of 226.

“The greatest innings by an Englishman I’ve ever seen.” – Andrew Strauss.

Trott 135 not out when Strauss declared the England innings on a jaw-dropping 517-1. It is not every day that the top three batsmen all score tons! 😀

Well done lads!

This set Australia 297 to win off of 41 overs. Simon Katich was out for just 4 (caught Strauss of Broad) and the Aussies were 5-1. But Shane Watson and Captain Ricky Ponting held on scoring 41 not out and 51 not out respectively as Australia ended the last day on 107-1.

I was seriously worried halfway through this Test match about England’s chances of getting anything out of it that was positive. But we have shown the Aussies that we are made of stronger stuff than four years ago.

All Australians beware! We are coming to get you at Adelaide…BRING IT ON!

England officially pwne Aussie bowlers!


Ashes 2010/11 1st Test – The Gabba, Brisbane

England won the toss and elected to bat




260 (76.5 overs @ 3.38 rpo)

1st Innings

481 (158.4 overs @ 3.03 rpo)

I.R. Bell 76 (131)

M.E.K. Hussey 195 (330)

P.M. Siddle 6-54

S.T. Finn 6-125

517-1 dec. (152 overs @ 3.40 rpo)

2nd Innings

107-1 (26 overs @ 4.12 rpo)

A.N. Cook 235* (428)

R.T. Ponting 51* (43)

M.J. North 1-47

S.C.J. Broad 1-18

Umpires – Aleem Dar (Pak) and Billy Doctrove (WI)

Match Drawn – Series level at 0-0 with four Tests remaining

Man of the Match = A.N. Cook (England)