Friday, 13 September 2019

Day Two

The morning was bitter sweet.  Taking my daughter back to Uni, she's following her dream but I'll miss her.  We arrived, as soon as I'd come out of the toilet I checked Cricinfo, England had made 294 and Aus were 10/1, David Wanker was out again!  By the time I left again Harris was gone too, Archer with both wickets.

Back home and it's after lunch, fucking Smith and fucking Funnyname plodding along again.  Archer is still bowling well and gets Funnyname!  Broad and Archer have to take a breather, Woakes bowls so badly he actually makes Curran look good.  And bugger me little Sam takes a wicket!  The highly unlikable Wade is gone.  I must be fair, I've been dismissive of Curran but he's looked far more likely to take a wicket than Woakes today or Overton in the last match.  At tea it's 147/4, Smith is still there with another half century...

After tea it's the best two bowlers, Broad looks tired but Archer is bowling well and bounces Marsh out!  We're not letting them get away!  Curran replaces Broad and once again looks good, he gets Paine caught behind and next ball Cummins for a golden!  Okay Sam I take it all back.  

Woakes returns and Smith misses a straight one to be out LBW for 80!  After that Woakes floated up a couple of overs of shit pies.  Siddle and Lyon combined for one of those irritating late order partnerships but Jofra returns and blows away the tail, a great slower ball then a brilliant catch in gully from Burns.  He finishes with 6/62 and are Australia 225 all out.  England have to survive four overs at the end of the day and finish 9/0 although Burns has to overturn a crap LBW decision.

At the end of one of the more enjoyable days of the test summer England lead by 78, star of the day once again was Jofra Archer with pace, hostility, control and stamina.  Can England bat all day tomorrow?  Denly, Bairstow and Buttler should all consider they are batting to retain their places.

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