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Third day of Test: dull and ominous

Both the weather conditions and cricket were dull yesterday.

Australia look like building an unassailable lead, 221 runs ahead and Steve Smith and Usman Khuwaji still at the crease.

Ben Stokes went early in the morning and Harry Brook to an injudicious swat to a shorter ball.  Once Jonny Bairstow was out there was little more resistance and England closed 90 runs behind.

A friend of mine left mid afternoon and I was off at tea. A moody taxi driver taking me back to my hotel summed up a day that was as dispiriting as Thursday’s was enervating.

Those of us who thought the Aussies the better side have been vindicated but England have been sloppy all game. If they go “two down” it’s hard if not impossible to see any other result other than the Aussie retaining the little urn.



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About Douglas Heath

Douglas Heath began his lifelong love affair with cricket as an 8 year-old schoolboy playing OWZAT? Whilst listening to a 160s Ashes series on the radio. He later became half-decent at doing John Arlott impressions and is a member of Middlesex County Cricket Club. He holds no truck at all with the T20 version on the game. More Posts