Third test, day 1 - Jofra Archer stands up.
Day 1 of the third test was a rain affected day, with the weather assisting the English bowlers and adding to the challenges faced by the Aussies. Warner and Labuschagne had survived and guided Australia to 2 for 136, before Archer took 5 wickets in the final session to knock the Aussies over for 179.
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It was nice to see Warner survive, and gather a reasonable score of 61. In the early sessions I got to watch, he played and missed both Archer and Broad on countless occasions, but survived to contribute to the teams score. Labuschagne similarly showed some fight, and looks like he should retain a spot in the batting lineup when Smith returns.
Ultimately, the day belonged to Archer, collecting his first five wicket haul in tests and ending with the excellent figures of 6 for 45.
Day 2 will be interesting, with the English batsmen needing to step up and take control of this test. The match can be taken away in this innings by England, if they can build a big first innings lead. If Australia's attack can keep the score close, even a 100 run deficit isn't the end of the world with the prospect of England chasing a total batting last. Alot depends on the weather and how the pitch changes over the next few days.
All in all, a good day 1, with signs of life from Warner, and Archer living up to the hype, setting up the rest of this test to be potentially and epic battle.
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As I mentioned prior to the Test Warner needed to miss a few - play a little more circumspect and the runs would come. We can’t make runs in the pavilion- let’s see how the English go at first bat.
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Yup, you were spot on. Survived for a while, and then did ok. England not going very well so far.
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Seems the weather forecast was wrong! Either that or Joe Root has been cloud seeding - That’d put sandpaper gate into perspective
I think you’re right, if Australia can keep England below 250 they are well in this match with the hosts batting last
At the rate this innings is going, Australia will have a big lead. 6 down for 45 at the moment.
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Can't bat, can't bowl, can't field. Pathetic really
Was a very meek effort really, I know the Aussies would go in to bat in the second innings chasing 350 believing they can win... Will England have that mindset tomorrow, and put up a better fight?
They can have all the positive mindset they like, they wouldn't chase 350 batting last on this pitch!
Only 10 times in the history of Test Match cricket has a side chased 350 to win.
England will probably put up a better fight in the 2nd innings but that is only because a few of them need to justify their lucrative central contracts