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    August 12, 2005

    Australia in all sorts of trouble

    Just about to get back home and Australia are staring down a pretty big barrel at 133/5 on the second day at Old Trafford. Ashley Giles, yes he indeed, has picked up 3/38, with Langer, Hayden and Martyn being the nitwits who got out to him. Gilchrist and Warne have been dropped once each in the last two overs. Come on!

    Clarke has not yet batted. In the first place he isn't allowed to bat any higher than #7. Secondly, there is no further news on how severe his back strain is and when he would bat.

    England resumed from their overnight 341/5 and made just over 100 more. Bell didn't hang around for too long. Flintoff and Geraint Jones had a good partnership of 60 odd runs which helped England get past 400. Lee and Gillespie ended up with centuries while Warne was one short, yet again. McGrath would have probably got to the mark had he bowled around half a dozen more overs more.

    Langer and Hayden actually started off quite positively, although Hayden was in some early trouble against Hoggard's swing and some uneven bounce. Given his performance so far in the series, it almost felt like Hayden was batting well enough to score a triple century! Their 58 run partnership is Australia's highest this series and puts the top order batting in perspective. The batsmen are averaging between 25 and 35 this series! Gilchrist has not done anything with the bat this series. About time, perhaps?

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