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  • Baggy Greens have the upper hand

    Posted on August 4, 2013 by Selby


    It was a Kevin Pietersen (113) batting lesson for a change, at Old Trafford, I enjoyed every moment, full house and lots of atmosphere, though not so good for cricket memorabilia as is often the case during pressure phases of a test series.

    Kevin Pietersen’s stimulating performance showed once again how he can turn a match around.

    Cook (62) and Bell (60) all probably did enough to see England avoid the follow on; with 34 runs still needed to reach the crucial 328 Michael Clarkes options may still be open.

    Australia needs to take the final three wickets early tomorrow whilst restricting England’s score to within the 328 target.

    Kevin Pietersen now becomes England’s all time highest scorer in all formats of cricket making 113 runs before being lbw to Michael Starc, yet another controversial DRS decision. The DRS system has led to all sorts of dispute during the current series which must create doubt as to its future in the current format.

    Michael Starc bowled well with 3/75 as did Ryan Harris with 2/50

    The weather reports while unreliable still favour a draw which would not suit the tourists as anything other than a win would hand the England the Ashes

    Ashes cricket memorabilia is always special and judging by individual and team performance this year is no exception.

    Tony Selby


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  • Posted on August 2, 2013 by Selby


    Fantastic atmosphere up here at Old Trafford as Australia hit form, closing on a comfortable 303/3 in front of 26.000 sell out crowd.

    Signings will be taking place over the weekend as usual and we expect autographed cricket bats, signed scorecards, sports autographs, and plenty of other cricket memorabilia.

    Michael Clarke had said earlier that Australia intended to make a fight of things and that’s exactly what happened as he lead by example with a splendid century (a series first and MC’s 24 th), completing the tourists best Ashes Innings of the series.

    Controversy was never far away, another DRS umpire driven fiasco when Usman Khawaja was caught behind off Graeme Swann, the tourists sought clarification from the ICC , the general consensus was “not out” a decision referred to by Australian PM Kevin Rudd “one of the worst decisions ever”. It should be noted it went both ways and that each teams received poor decisions but the issue runs deeper when it comes to an individual career being on the line leaving an underlying problem, with the ICC relying on neutral decisions rather than more simply selecting the best available, experienced umpires.

    England bowlers Swann, Bresnan and Broad all bowled well the difference from the first two series was that Aus had regained form and this time were all out to win

    It is strange how sports betting can change ones perspective England are currently offered at 7/1 by Paddy Power and I find it very tempting to take the odds, problem being that I don’t really want to spend the next few days willing the tourists to lose, if they win this match it will be good for the game and encourage more tourist cricket collectables signings!!!!

    Back to the Usman decision it does seem to work both ways as when Smith appeared leg before to Broad the hosts had no referrals left leaving Smith at the wicket ending the day on 70 not out, Clarke on 125 with an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 174

    I will be watching David Warner with interest tomorrow as he comes in at number 6 whenever that may be, great things are expected from him, no pressure.

    Tony Selby


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