Cricket: More Than a Game

Absolutely no bloody way to watch it over here in Sweden. Even crictime is failing me at the moment. Bugger.

Who's got the rights in the UK and are they streaming it? Channel 4?

Day 2 shows the difference. Aussie pitch maps are all over the shop while Broad and Anderson have good clusters.

It was frustrating to watch.

England have done much more right than the Aussies and deserve to hold the advantage so far.

Yeah, I've only been able to watch an hour or two from each day but from what I have seen the English batters looked a lot more comfortable and in control then the Aussies have.

That said it looks like setting up for a great finish. One great spell of bowling from either side could really swing the match.

If Mitchell Starc is injured for at least 2 more tests then that, coupled with the convincing England win, means the scales are starting to tip in our favour! Oh, and I'll just leave this here

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Clusks wrote:

If Mitchell Starc is injured for at least 2 more tests then that, coupled with the convincing England win, means the scales are starting to tip in our favour! Oh, and I'll just leave this here

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I'd love to see "Sunil Gavaskar's Top Forward Defensive Cricket 2015" with that controller.

Yorkshire beating the Aussies Can't believe England are one nil up, really thought we would struggle, although my prediction a few months ago was 3-1, I will be very happy to be proven wrong.

I reckon that was Broad's best bowling effort for a while. Good pace, movement and control. The holy trinity of fast bowling. The Aussie bowlers only managed 2 of the 3.

England's curators are masters of supplying to requirements. Everything will be low and slow now.

Terrible batting by the Aussies. Couldn't even bat out a day to save the game.

Watson has to go, that man has had 99 lives, but one with skill aint one.

Not a bad knock, that.

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Oh boo hoo. The pitch is too much of a road when prepared to blunt Aussie bowlers and the English have to bowl first..

Bruce wrote:

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Oh boo hoo. The pitch is too much of a road when prepared to blunt Aussie bowlers and the English have to bowl first..

It will be very interesting to see if the Aussie bowlers can get anything out of the pitch

Probably not - but that is the curator's plan. >.>

Bloody hell is it the 90s?

Only 422 needed to win...come on England.

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I've got 2 friends at Lords today, one Aussie and one Pom. The updates I'm getting from them differ wildly in tone.

Wow, England really gave up today, didn't they? Adam Lyth needs to go, although we don't have too many options in reserve!

Mate of mine is somewhat relieved - he had tickets for tomorrow, but didn't fancy a journey down from Cambridgeshire if England were 9 down and therefore no refunds.

Let's hope the Aussies abide by the new rules for this series - win a Test, include a pub cricketer in your team.

What, you mean Lyth does what he does and gets paid for it ? Hope someone's told him that dollars aren't legal tender in England.

That Stokes run-out told the story of the innings.

Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic.

Starc bowled one of the worse spells I've ever seen from a test bowler.

Clarke lost the plot as a batter and a captain.

We got smacked by a team that didn't bat real great either.

I don't think I have ever seen a series that swung so much from match to match.

Each side has looked quite dominant in the matches they have won (or more accurately the losing side in all three games has looked completely out of sorts), but nobody has been able to carry any sort of momentum.

I was at Edgbaston for the first day, although there were quite a few rain delays, it was a great day.

Saying that though, the toilets at Edgbaston are some of the worst things I've ever seen. It makes festival toilets look like immaculate thrones. One of the cubicles I couldn't get near because the smell coming from it was that bad.

This is the most bonkers series I can remember.

2-1 and each win has been utterly dominant. Will the pendulum swing back? Or will some form start to coalesce?

The first time in an Ashes innings that "extras" has been the top scorer! Australia should move him up the order

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Someone tweeted that Cook should be ashamed of his lack of adventure - he should have declared and made Australia bat again (please note, the use of the word 'again' is solely a courtesy.)

And I think someone said that it's the first time you could do the scorebook for an entire innings in a tweet

Aussie lunch reacts badly.

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That morning session was something speical, great batting from the Aussies *sn*gger*

I don't understand cricket any more.

Root - just add another 50 and he will most likely have enough runs to beat the Aussies by himself.

Think Clarke is trying to prove a point now.

Warner bowling ? He might as well put up a sign saying "Dear Selectors.....this is what you get when you pick this side on this ground".