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Persistent Strauss propelled England to 364   Bookmark and Share

Posted by Kiran Narendran
on July 17th, 2009

Andrew Strauss marked a delightful as well as a mesmerizing knock at the cathedral of cricket, which propelled England to 364 for the loss of 6 wickets. At one stage, they were 222 for the loss of 2 wickets but a dismal performance by their middle order helped Australia to gain the momentum exactly like the Cardiff test.
Earlier, once again, the coin swung in favor of England and they hardly had any hesitation to bat first on a placid track. Mitchell Johnson’s woe with the new-ball continued as he bowled a terrible opening spell that helped the English openers to cut loose. He bowled cross-seam deliveries, which had no effect on a flat track and was comfortable for the batsmen to put it way with the pace he was bowling. Siddle was fiery from the start but the wickets column doesn’t reveal the truth. It was a huge blow when Hauritz walked off the pitch due to a finger dislocation but England failed to capitalize on that. Kevin Pieterson got a good start, however a ripper from Siddle ended that. In his last test at lords, Andrew Flintoff never looked comfortable against reverse swing and finally gave his wicket to a determined Hilfenhaus.
It is now a huge responsibility on the shoulders of Andrew Strauss to get a score defendable for the English bowlers. According to the wicket, 500 would be a par score but with Strauss as the only specialist batsmen, it looks highly unlikely. On the other hand, Australia will be looking to wrap up the tail in no time so they can post a good total to come back in to this match. Nevertheless, the contest is getting more compressed as it is hard to choose the winner. Anyway it is good for test cricket, which has been choked after T20 emerged as the favorite brand of cricket.

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