Lunch – Australia 55-2
There is the break. Australia beat England this morning, conceding just 23 more races. Not a bad result for visitors. So the Australian entries went on as they did in all series: the openers were cheaper and Smith was not. He'll be back after the break, and maybe after the next break, and the next too. Archer came bowling with me this morning, Broad wasn't especially effective, and Curran asked some questions when he got it right.
England still have a chance to have a decisive advantage but need wickets after lunch. I'll find some (lunch, no shutters), and join you soon.
19th place: Australia 55-2 (Labuschagne 32, Smith 14) Curran takes us over to lunch break, and he's very wide when he's on the other side of the batters, and again takes a single and a bye from the balls on the cushions. Australia's only two scouts did it again.
18th place: Australia 53-2 (Labuschagne 31, Smith 14) Woakes to Labuschagne, and again throwing balls at the legs for the batter to cut by four. Australian 50 appears. Woakes gets a little short and takes off a glove from Marnus, a fake blow at least.
17th place: Australia 49-2 (Labuschagne 27, Smith 14) Curran is improving his line against Smith. An appeal for a ball that hits the pad, then an even bigger one when Smith grabs his arms and lets him hit the pad. But both times the ball is bending too much. The second was off the starting line by the time it hit him, and would have gone further. Smith doesn't mind and, again, kicks the ball away from the sixth free kick. It is a maiden.
16th place: Australia 49-2 (Labuschagne 27, Smith 14) Here is Chris Woakes. With a poor result in the first three tests, was not chosen in the fourth, and left until the 16th for a shot in the fifth. It was a strange test summer for him, tactically. And he starts off badly, maybe trying too hard. On the cushions, Smith scores a race before Marnus scores four. Then lowering the leg further for the Labrador to look at the thin leg to another limit.
"I just loaded OBO to see how things are," writes Tom van der Gucht. “As Smith and Labuschagne are knocking, it's best not to bother checking again until tomorrow afternoon. These two will still be working while England's players work on the autumn field as harvest workers. Come, Tom. If a van der Gucht can't appreciate a Labuschagne, what kind of world are we living in?
15th place: Australia 40-2 (Labuschagne 19, Smith 13) Smith's clever race! He throws only a defensive push, but he passes by Curran, the bowling player and near the non-attacking stumps. Yes! Smith shouts and runs after the ball, knowing that he is going into danger as Broad must cross the field. Marnus answers and they pass. However, it almost produces a wicket two balls later, while Labuschagne drives once again wide, approaching four! Stokes past the third slide, which plunges and almost takes the fingertip. If Stokes made a mistake, someone would have lost. Labuschagne glared at Curran, pulled in a few shots.
14th place: Australia 35-2 (Labuschagne 15, Smith 12) Archer throws another maiden to Labuschagne, most of the time to play, but a ball goes over the edge.
“You seem pretty certain that Ultra Edge is working,” writes Steve Phillips, “but you are ignoring (as far as I can see) that TV replays only have a certain number of frames per second and therefore do not always capture the point of view. impact, while the Ultra Edge is a continuous line. The fact that they do not always match is a result of this for little tricks. This is very similar to the extremely tight impediment debate and VAR – the point of contact with the ball will not always be in an exact frame, so we cannot be sure. But this is a debate for another day / discussion. "
That is a fair point, Steve. In today's case, the problem is that Warner's replay shows a gap between bat and ball, regardless of the frame. The trajectory (I think) is just over the edge. And the other part of the matter is that the UltraEdge microphone can pick up any noise near it, not just the ball on the club. It's not that technology is wrong, it's sometimes misinterpreted.
13th place: Australia 35-2 (Labuschagne 15, Smith 12) No margin of error for Curran with the angle of his left arm to the right hand. On Smith's cushions, he worked twice. Trying to push the ball further, he is too wide and tied in the cover by four. Smith is already a dozen. Only the 292 to go.
12th place: Australia 29-2 (Labuschagne 15, Smith 6) Archer again, and Smith is out! Flow cap movement through the fuller ball. Jack Leach gives a hot chase to the longest limit in front of the scoreboard and gets a huge cheer as he dives to catch up and retreat by three. Then too much for Labuschagne, who goes out alone.
“Given the low interest rates,” suggests Martin Gillam, “why not save time simply by getting Australia to start every shift at two to two, with Smith and Labuschagne countering? And not that these two need a gold of their achievements in this series, but I imagine they recover quickly with the change of shifts. "
11th place: Australia 26-2 (Labuschagne 15, Smith 3) Sam Curran time. Player of the series last year, having no chance until the fifth quiz this year. Left arm, inclined in Labuschagne. He takes the angle to cover four, but misses another attempt. There is an inch between the club and the ball, but there is an increase in UltraEdge again. So this is in line with the new rules, isn't it?
10th place: Australia 22-2 (Labuschagne 11, Smith 3) Archer is doing it again! Bowling a fascinating spell, I mean. He aborts a celebrappeal after realizing that the ball has invaded Smith's area. It was also very high, but any contact with Smith's pad is a victory. Then Archer pulls the length back, cuts the ball, and makes Smith swing his back foot into the fresh air. Meanwhile, at TMS, Glenn McGrath is carefully rescuing a moth and dropping it out the window. Great average fast player indeed.
9th place: Australia 22-2 (Labuschagne 11, Smith 3) It is Broad who hits the release valve with his elbow, sliding over the cushions where Marnus can hold him for four! This has been one of Labuschagne's strengths: even when he is defending for a long time, he is still ready to take the chance to score when a bad ball arrives.
“Am I right to think that when Bradman scored his 974 races in a series, there were 6 test matches instead of 5? If so, surely an average needs to be worked out for this and Smith does not need so many. However, if he can play fewer games, he will surely make him the king of all battle superheroes. "
You are not right, Paul Frew. Bradman only hit seven times on his 974. From memory it included tens of 14, 1 and 8. The other four strokes were good.
Smith is currently on his sixth shift, so he could have seven if he hit again.
He runs away from here, walking over to Broad to record two, then a single. So he is just Bradman.
8th place: Australia 14-2 (Labuschagne 6, Smith 0) … but the real action is on the other side. Archer against Smith again, with some rhythm in the field and some sun around. Archer looks much happier than the chilly Manchester wind wearing about three cricket tops.
Smith has a flash off the trunk. Archer makes a defensive pitch and plays at Smith. But soon the batter is in his rhythm, crossing to get behind the ball, to jump and push the person into the body. Maiden
7th place: Australia 14-2 (Labuschagne 6, Smith 0) Broad makes Labuschagne play in almost every ball of this period, and is another maiden. England turning the screws …
6th place: Australia 14-2 (Labuschagne 6, Smith 0) Archer's 18th wicket in his fourth test of this series. He has a ball in Smith, a bouncer on a good line of tests where Smith bends down. Smith needs 304 in the match to break Bradman's 974 record in a series. Someone supporting you?
Shutter! Harris c Stokes b Archer 3 (Australia 14-2)
Caught in the slip! Harris's unfortunate tour continues in Warner's vein, when Archer leaned around the post, perhaps took the ball a little farther, and even though Harris was just blocking the crease, the ball strikes high into the club's shoulder and enters in the field. string, low and plunging into Stokes on the third slide, which catches the grip well.
5th place: Australia 14-1 (Harris 3, Labuschagne 6) Wide now, and Marnus is leaving whenever he can. He threw a higher proportion of leaves than any batsman in the series. However, he touches one when he can't get the stick out in time, and he jumps to the cord.
4th place: Australia 14-1 (Harris 3, Labuschagne 6) Archer again, delivers a beautiful delivery to …
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