Australia beat England in the Old Trafford series

Australia beat England in the Old Trafford series decider yesterday.

The bowlers starred in that game for the Kangaroos as they bundled England out for just 138 on a flat wicket.

When England won the toss in the morning, it seemed they had snatched great advantage as batting would be quite easy in bright sunshine.

But, Australia broke through in the very first over.
Mitchell Starc, the left arm quick who was back in the XI for Australia after being rested for the 4th game, trapped Jason Roy plumb in front twice.

The batsman reviewed the decision for the first time and got away with it, but, he preferred not to do so when he was adjudged leg before the very next ball again.

Roy perhaps would have been able to get that decision overruled as well as the television replays showed that the ball would have missed leg stump.

That early dismissal of Roy, who had been in great form throughout the series, just disturbed the rhythm of England’s innings.

James Taylor, another in-form player, returned to the shed cheaply too, while, Eoin Morgan had to retire hurt after taking a blow on the head off Starc’s bowling.
Nobody from the lower order held the fort for that long a period of time either.

138 was not a challenging total at all in almost perfect batting conditions.

Australia, as they usually do in short run chases, went after the bowling in full swing.

Although, Joe Burns and Steven Smith got out early, Aaron Finch kept playing attacking Cricket and George Bailey joined in on the act too later on with some cracking shots off the leg spinner Rashid.

Both the players remained not out with half centuries to their name as Australia completed the series win easily.

England might make two changes in the playing XI

England might make two changes in the playing XI for the third game of the ongoing Ashes series.

One would obviously be Jonny Bairstow replacing Gary Ballance who has been dropped after a run of poor shows in the recent test matches.

Apart from that, there also have been talks that Mark Wood might have to make space for Steven Finn.

Wood was pretty unimpressive in both the innings at Lord’s. His pace was down and he did not look penetrative which prompted some of the experts to say that the selectors should think about resting him.

Wood himself has, however, come out and made his views clear that he does not need any rest at this point of time and his lack of pace at Lord’s was only because of the unresponsive pitch and not because of exhaustion factor.

As far as Finn is concerned, he last played a test match for England one and half years back against Australia.

He took a couple of wickets in that game, but, at a very expensive rate and ended up losing his place to Tim Bresnan.

Thereafter, he experienced a massive slump which saw him being declared ‘unselectable’ by the team management.

However, in the recent times, in limited over Cricket, he has put on some good fast bowling performances and it is believed widely that he can add that X factor to the England attack if given a go at Edgbaston.

The Ashes is nicely poised at the moment with both the teams equalized at 1-1.

The third game is extremely vital and neither of the two teams would want to lose it at any cost.
Australia, in all likelihood, would field the same playing XI that had fetched them a historic win at Lord’s.