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England have had a miserable start to this series, losing the first two tests.
But their Ashes win in the summer displayed that they have the players and ability to overcome Australia. Perhaps all they are lacking is a bit of confidence.
If Pietersen, Cook, Bell or Root can get themselves firmly established at the wicket, then a serious score could be put on the board.
Now that they are 2-0 down, you can also getting a whopping 25/1 on England winning the series. However that seems much less likely to be realistic.
Australia have won both of the coin tosses so far and elected to bat on good wickets. At The Gabba they amassed 295 all out in the first innings to which England could only respond with 136.
In their 2nd innings the Aussies declared on 401 for 9, and England slummed out for 179. Mitchell Johnson did the main damage, accumulating 9 wickets in total.
In the second test in Adelaide the Aussies established a daunting first innings total of 570 for 9 declared, to which England could only hit 172. Sensing victory Australia then declared their 2nd innings with just 3 wickets down (132 for 3).
England faced a mammoth task and despite a good showing from Joe Root (87 from 194 balls), they only managed to accumulate 312 all out. Johnson again did the bulk of the damage, claiming 7 wickets in the first innings alone (plus 1 in the 2nd innings).
England need to learn to play Johnson better, and if they can win the coin toss and their top players can get in at the crease then there is no reason why they can’t make a good score in the 3rd test. The 11/4 at Skybet looks pretty attractive odds in what should be a bit more of an even game hopefully.
If anyone can really turn it around it will be the captain Alastair Cook, arguably England’s best batsman. Scores of 3 and 1 were a disaster for him in the 2nd test, and if anyone is going to come back with a lot of determination in will be Cookie.
History of The Ashes
For newcomers to The Ashes, it is a Cricket competition between England and Australia that has been running since 1882. Australia have won 123 matches, England 103 matches, with 88 matches being drawn.
The Ashes name came about after Australia beat England on their own soil and a newspaper said English cricket had died and “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.”
When England went to Australia to next play the Aussies, the captain vowed to “regain the ashes.” Thus forth the name remained until this present day.