Australia’s wonderful all-round performance in the Old Trafford Test has reignited the interest of fans in the Ashes. Following Australia’s poor showing in the first two Tests, thoughts emerged that this was going to be a disappointingly one-sided clash, with England walking away with the honours without having to drop a sweat.
If Australia crashed and burned at Lords then Trent Bridge was a rising and a renewal. If terrible batting in the first two Ashes tests stripped Australian supporters of hope and hinted at the possibility of a series whitewash then their performance in the third test showed that there might be some stirrings of life in their batting after all,
England and Australia are happy to continue using the DRS for the rest of their Ashes Series despite several controversial dismissals in the three Tests so far. It is reported in the Media that ICC General Manager Cricket Geoff Alardice had met representatives of both the teams and the ICC Umpires in Durham on Wednesday.
As we know the ongoing Ashes Series has seen quite a number of controversial dismissals despite the use of the URDS. All the three Tests have had their share of controversy. The latest of them being the dismissal of Kevin Pietersen in England’s second innings of the Third Test at Manchester.
So, England aren’t invincible after all. They may have retained the Ashes following the rain-marred draw at Old Trafford in Manchester, but it wasn’t a convincing one by any stretch of the imagination.
Australia’s chances of bouncing back in the Ashes Series with a win at Old Trafford look minimal because of bad weather. The Third Test is all set to end in a stalemate as just about 56 overs were bowled on the penultimate day. The weather forecast for the final day isn’t too great for the Aussies to force a win.