As England and Australia head into the final Test of the 2015 Ashes, they will have contrasting emotions and objectives. While England would be keen to continue their winning run, Australia will seek to avoid another embarrassment.
Although Australia lost the Edgbaston Test inside three days, they would still have been hopeful of making a comeback at Trent Bridge since they had fought hard at Lord’s as well to recover from the Cardiff setback
If the third Test at Edgbaston lasted for two and a half days, the fourth Test at Trent Bridge finished even quicker, with England wrapping up things very early on the third day, and thus regaining the Ashes
Shambolic. Embarrassing. Pathetic. Disastrous. Cricket pundits and critics would be running out of adjectives to describe Australia's batting effort (or the lack of it) on day one. How really does one describe a batting innings lasting less than 20 overs on the opening day of a crucial Ashes Test?
The 2015 Ashes has charted a rather unpredictable path so far. Both sides were competitive in the opening Test at Cardiff before England pulled away towards the end, but Australia fought back with a superlative batting effort at Lord’s
That Australia had issues in the batting department was evident from the manner in which they went down to England at Cardiff. But, having recovered following a fantastic batting effort at Lord’s, Australia would have been much hopeful of their campaign being back on track
England started the day on 133 for 3 and were bundled out for 281 runs which means they gained a healthy lead of 145 runs. In reply, Australia’s batting collapsed again in the second inning too and they are seven down for mere 168 runs
Australian captain Michael Clarke retired from one-day cricket after the World Cup final in the hope that he could extend his injury-battered Test career. But, in the wake of his poor form in the 2015 Ashes,