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Saturday, November 27, 2010

AUSTRALIA IN COMMANDING POSITION IN GREAT ASHES BATTLE

Haddin Celebrates  Century


First time ever in last 2 decades England entered into Ashes contest as favourites and everybody was talking about the balance of English side and about their bowling. On the other hand Australia was down and out completely after losing series to India where they got white-washed by the Indians in India. Moral of Kangaroos was down and media also written-off Australia but as they say champions are never out of the contest and same happened to Australia as they dominated England for first 3 in days in first test match at GABBA(Brisbane).
England Is Down

English captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat but that decision went against English batsmen and the entire English team bowled out for 260 runs on first day itself. Hero for Kangaroos was Peter Siddle who returned to the side after 10 months and picked up hat-trick and six wickets over all in first innings of England and pushed English team on back-foot. Australia made a steady start to their batting but they also lost their 5 wickets before scoring 150 runs and it looked like England will dominate the proceedings but in comes Brad Haddin who alongwith out-of-form Mike Hussey build massive partnership and help Australia to gain healthy lead of 221 run. Remember Brad Haddin is also making come-back in this series after recovering from an injury. Both Hussey and Haddin scored century. Hussey was unlucky that he couldn't complete his double-century and got out on 195.Before the start of the series Hussey was under pressure as he failed consistently with bat in last few matches and there was discussion among the selectors to drop him, but 'cometh the hour cometh the man' Hussey batted brilliantly in this innings and allow Australia to dominate the match and saved his place in the side as well. Now here on England have to battle for survival for remaining 2 days of the test match.
Anderson Having chat with Hussey and Haddin
Hussey Celebrates  Century
This match is clear example of turn in fortune. It is interesting to see whether England save this match or not. If England save it then this Ashes series will become very interesting to watch for cricket-lovers. But in cricket miracle happens very rarely. Its time for English players to live upto the expectations of their fans.

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