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(BBC)   Can Australia pull off one of the great comebacks of...oh, who am I kidding? It's day four of the second Ashes test and it's not a question of if England will win, but when and by how much   (bbc.co.uk ) divider line
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2013-07-21 07:43:12 AM  
Root got out before he could get his double ton so England declared with a 582 lead. Thats around 200 runs more than the highest ever sucesful run chase in history.

Shock news Watson is out LBW but doesn't refer it. Is that a flying pig?
 
2013-07-21 07:49:24 AM  

Norfolking Chance: Shock news Watson is out LBW but doesn't refer it. Is that a flying pig?



Phil Hughes: "Relax guys, I got this."
 
2013-07-21 07:56:01 AM  
I'm going to go with 'no', and I have form in sports predictions.
 
2013-07-21 07:58:03 AM  
So England declared when Root got out?  Nice.

I suspect this is going to be done just after tea today.
 
2013-07-21 08:03:29 AM  
Australia is getting just totally destroyed. A batsman having 1 run after 20 balls is not the way you win a test.
 
2013-07-21 08:20:58 AM  
England victory trifecta in play

England beats Australia at Lord's for only the 2nd time since WWII.
An Englishman is going to win the Tour de France, for the second year in a row.
And another Englishman is up against Tiger for one of the Majors.
 
2013-07-21 08:27:04 AM  

WhyteRaven74: Australia is getting just totally destroyed. A batsman having 1 run after 20 balls is not the way you win a test.


Hey, all they need is 7 consecutive partnerships of 77 runs or more.

..
..
..
Bwah-ha-ha-ha!
 
2013-07-21 08:34:58 AM  

FrancoFile: Hey, all they need is 7 consecutive partnerships of 77 runs or more.


Which given their current rate, would take about 5 days.
 
2013-07-21 09:06:12 AM  
Khawaja is actually looking quite decent for once.

Tiger Woods and Adam Scott about to start their rounds at the Open.
 
2013-07-21 09:50:54 AM  
why is it looks like Australia is trying to drag this out?
 
2013-07-21 10:19:47 AM  
And the Aussie captain is caught out by the English captain.
 
2013-07-21 10:20:46 AM  
Heh.  Root gets a wicket.  Watch them crumble now.
 
2013-07-21 10:21:34 AM  
And it's Root getting credit for the wicket. Might not have gotten the double earlier but picking up the wicket is nice.
 
2013-07-21 10:23:49 AM  
Clarke out caught at leg slip, dammit. Just when I thought Australia was starting to have a chance of pulling out a miraculous draw and keeping the series 1-0.
 
2013-07-21 10:27:14 AM  
Clarke should have read that better.  Part-time spinner and a leg slip: that was planned.
 
2013-07-21 10:32:04 AM  
Rooooooooooooot!!!!
 
2013-07-21 10:32:45 AM  
And Root gets a second wicket. Picked a nice day to be an all rounder.
 
2013-07-21 10:34:23 AM  
Also, Root man of the match?
 
2013-07-21 10:38:09 AM  
Sounded like a nick to me. Smith should be out here...
 
2013-07-21 10:39:15 AM  
And another wicket
 
2013-07-21 10:41:47 AM  

WhyteRaven74: Also, Root man of the match?


Has to be. Even if Swann picks up the remaining five wickets.
 
2013-07-21 10:41:52 AM  
Teatime.  Australia should just have some hemlock and be done with it.
 
2013-07-21 10:43:56 AM  

Trapper439: Even if Swann picks up the remaining five wickets.


I'm not sure Swann will see many more overs today given how Root is doing.

FrancoFile: Australia should just have some hemlock and be done with it.


With Australia's luck someone would drop the pot of hemlock on the ground.
 
2013-07-21 10:49:25 AM  

WhyteRaven74: With Australia's luck someone would drop the pot of hemlock on the ground.


Oh no; when it comes to shooting themselves int he face, the Aussies have been in top form
 
2013-07-21 10:53:51 AM  

phalamir: the Aussies have been in top form


heh true, so, England gets them all out before the end of the day?
 
2013-07-21 10:57:09 AM  

WhyteRaven74: Also, Root man of the match?


Definitely. 180 in his 2nd innings, and the scalps of two Aussie 50s today? Has to be MotM.
 
2013-07-21 10:58:25 AM  

WhyteRaven74: phalamir: the Aussies have been in top form

heh true, so, England gets them all out before the end of the day?


Before Friday, I would say it takes until tomorrow; but after Friday, who the hell knows?
 
2013-07-21 11:06:02 AM  

phalamir: Before Friday, I would say it takes until tomorrow; but after Friday, who the hell knows?


Given who Australia has left to bat, I suspect it may be over today
 
2013-07-21 11:08:44 AM  

WhyteRaven74: phalamir: Before Friday, I would say it takes until tomorrow; but after Friday, who the hell knows?

Given who Australia has left to bat, I suspect it may be over today


My thinking was that Australia might manage to bull through today on pure stubbornness, but again, after Friday ... we might be making sidebets on number of overs needed
 
2013-07-21 11:10:18 AM  
I've got to get in the car in 30 minutes to drive to my brother's place.  So I'll miss most of the last session - I'll be counting on Fark and Cricinfo for updates.
 
2013-07-21 11:13:53 AM  
And there goes another wicket
 
2013-07-21 11:14:34 AM  
So three wickets, how many overs?
 
2013-07-21 11:14:56 AM  
The third umpire saw no hot spot but a deflection and a clear sound so Agar is gone.

Wow England are getting all the DRS reviews right and Australia wasting them.
 
2013-07-21 11:16:17 AM  
Not that they had any chance, but Agar being dismissed when he had 16 off of 13 balls has GOT to hurt.
 
2013-07-21 11:17:09 AM  

Norfolking Chance: The third umpire saw no hot spot but a deflection and a clear sound so Agar is gone.

Wow England are getting all the DRS reviews right and Australia wasting them.


I agree with the TV commentators - that shouldn't have been overruled.  Australia will have a big beef about that.
 
2013-07-21 11:20:57 AM  
where's the microphone used for the DRS system located?
 
2013-07-21 11:26:41 AM  

WhyteRaven74: where's the microphone used for the DRS system located?


From a quick google, evidently in the stumps
 
2013-07-21 11:43:05 AM  

phalamir: From a quick google, evidently in the stumps


huh so pretty darn close
 
2013-07-21 11:43:49 AM  
And it's down to two wickets.
 
2013-07-21 11:47:53 AM  

WhyteRaven74: phalamir: From a quick google, evidently in the stumps

huh so pretty darn close


I'm assuming that since the camera is on the middle, they put microphones on the other two (at least, I would)

I'm also calling 4 overs
 
2013-07-21 11:52:33 AM  

phalamir: I'm also calling 4 overs


That might not be far off
 
2013-07-21 11:52:37 AM  
We sent the Australian team home after the last test and replaced them with the Irish cricket team. Will any one notice?
 
2013-07-21 12:00:51 PM  

Norfolking Chance: We sent the Australian team home after the last test and replaced them with the Irish cricket team. Will any one notice?


Well, yeah.  The Irish team would play better
 
2013-07-21 12:20:33 PM  

phalamir: Well, yeah. The Irish team would play better


oh snap
 
2013-07-21 12:38:48 PM  
and bowled
 
2013-07-21 12:40:26 PM  
When in doubt, get Jimmy in to ping back someone's off stump.
Siddle deserves to be on a better team than this.
 
2013-07-21 12:41:38 PM  

gwowen: Siddle deserves to be on a better team than this.


I don't think he can get an English citizenship by Thursday
 
2013-07-21 12:55:57 PM  
Lovely ball from Anderson to bowl Siddle. Only one to go now. England are clearly the better side, and anything other than 5-0 would be a good result for Australia now.

I mentioned on another forum that I felt this was the worst Australian batting top six ever, comparable only perhaps to the 1978/79 team when all of our best players were off playing World Series Cricket for Kerry Packer.

Somebody replied that the 1884 side which contained nine debutantes may have been worse. They may have been right, but any way you look at it we're talking historically significant levels of batting suckitude.

Absolutely. Farking. Disgraceful.
 
2013-07-21 12:57:54 PM  

Trapper439: we're talking historically significant levels of batting suckitude.


At least you're not likely to suck for decades.
 
2013-07-21 01:11:21 PM  
wicketkeeper and 4 slips, so there's only five players for the rest of the field, England is basically going "Go crazy swinging" and Australia can't even manage that.
 
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