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Cricket: Lots of “Jerusalem”

  • August 24th, 2009
  • Posted by EUEditor

flintoff-andrew-reduced.jpgEngland’s victory in the final cricket test at the Oval, London, left no room for doubt their series victory was well deserved.

No commentator was heard to disagree with the conclusion that Australia’s collapse in the first innings was down to just bad batting.

Chances of a fight-back then evaporated in the middle of the second innings when the captain, Ricky Ponting, was run out, with a direct hit to stumps by his chief sparring partner, nemesis, UK folk hero Andrew Flintoff (picture).

Just for the record, re-telling a story on its way to dark legend, five balls later the Vice-captain, in-form batsman of the series, Michael Clarke was run out too, for naught.

Scores:

England First Innings:  332
Australia First Innings: 160
England Second Innings: 373 (declared)
Australia Second Innings: 348

Australia dismissed towards the end of the fourth day’s play.

England won the series, two wins to one, with two matches drawn, regaining the  Ashes – prized trophy of England-Australia Test Match competition.

Crowds roared in the stands; police prepared to keep everybody in check in Trafalgar Square.

Reference:  ABC, Grandstand Sport, Scorecard, 24.8.09. http://www.abc.net.au/sport/cricket/results/scorecard.htm?series=2333&round=&match=5&year=2009, (24.8.09).

Picture: Andrew (“Freddy”) Flintoff, Wikipedia

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