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Old 08-22-2019, 03:11 PM
mhendo is offline
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Yeah, that turned into a pretty shitty day for Australia.

It was good to see Warner return to a bit of form. Even when he played and missed, which he did quite a few times, especially early on, he never looked quite as shaky as he did in the first two tests. Labuschagne looked good for much of his innings, and he'll be kicking himself for getting out to a full toss like that.

Apart from that, though, it was a pretty miserable batting performance. We've got two teams here with damn shaky batting lineups, and pretty good bowling attacks. It's the sort of combination that, if they don't get too much rain, will probably ensure a whole bunch of results and not many draws.

Archer was great today, and Broad bowled really well too for much of his spell. Neither Woakes nor Stokes looked especially dangerous, and it will be hard for Root to resist the temptation to call on Archer and Broad. It'll be interesting to see if that wears them down at all by the fourth and fifth tests.