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Old 09-07-2019, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by mhendo View Post
England can't win it from here...
Originally Posted by Cicero View Post
As has been noted, I don't believe Australia can lose.
I have to admit, when the Australians were 4/44 I was beginning to question my prediction that England couldn't win the game. Nice century partnership, in reasonably quick time, stopped the rot, with Smith playing some truly contemptuous shots over the mid-on and mid-wiicket area. Paine pitched in with a nice quick 20 before declaring.

Originally Posted by Cumbrian View Post
Let's be absolutely clear about this - Australia are a flawed batting unit
I think that's a bit of an understatement. Smith's brilliance has, I think, actually helped to hide the weaknesses a little bit, because everyone's focusing on him. Labuschagne has been solid, apart from this most recent innings, but I'd feel more comfortable if the Aussies weren't basically relying on one guy to hold the whole thing together for them. Smith looks impregnable most of the time, but even the best in the world can make one mistake, and then it all crashes down. This match might look quiite a bit different right now if Jack Leach hadn't overstepped when he had Smith caught behind on 118 in the first innings.

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