Vic Marks in Adelaide

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Dec 06

Two down with three Ashes matches to play – is there any way back for England? | Vic Marks

There are plusses for England despite the scoreline – Craig Overton, Chris Woakes and some team spirit – but the side may be clutching at straws from here on inIn both Brisbane and Adelaide England have managed to tantalise. They have not been uniforml…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/dec/06/two-down-ashes-way-back-for-england-cricket

Dec 05

Joe Root digs in to give England glimmer of hope in second Ashes Test

• Australia 442-8dec and 138 all out; England 227 all out and 176-4• Root hits 67* but Dawid Malan falls before end of play after watchful inningsAfter England’s traumas of the first two and half days it was remarkable that as the players left the fiel…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/05/england-australia-second-ashes-test-day-four-report

Dec 04

Australia in Ashes control despite England’s spirited late bowling burst

• Australia 442-8dec and 53-4; England 227 all out• Australia lose early wickets but lead by 268 runs at end of day threeBy dinner time on Monday the match was won for Australia; by supper time, a mythical feast in these parts since the cricket just ke…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/04/england-australia-second-ashes-test-day-three-report

Dec 01

Joe Root backs Moeen Ali to play second Ashes Test despite injured finger

England captain says Moeen will play even if not fully fit to bowlMoeen will bat at No6 with Jonny Bairstow at No7 at Adelaide OvalWe are on the brink of the cricket having a chance of taking centre stage again. On the eve of the second match of this A…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/01/joe-root-backs-moeen-ali-to-play-second-ashes-test-despite-injured-finger

Dec 01

Australia’s Steve Smith plays mind games with Joe Root over lbw decisions

• Australia captain attempts to unsettle England opener• Hosts aim to be on top in every department in Ashes seriesThere are more cunning plans being bandied around in this series than Baldrick ever had in Blackadder. My cynical streak suggests many ar…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/01/australia-joe-root-lbw-ashes-unsettling-steve-smith

Nov 30

England must rise to Adelaide’s challenge in Ashes Test they must not lose | Vic Marks

Jimmy Anderson hopes bowling with a pink ball under lights on a pitch that is not as batting-friendly as it once was can help England against AustraliaThe Adelaide Oval was once a genteel cricket ground – it is now a magnificent sport stadium. Only the…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/30/england-australia-adelaide-vic-marks

Nov 29

Chris Woakes bats away Ashes curfew to focus on pink balls and bouncers

Expectations are high in the England and Australia camps that 20 wickets will be easier to take using the pink Kookaburra ball in the second Ashes TestThere is a game going on here on Saturday. It may be even more relevant than the one taking place in …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/29/chris-woakes-england-curfew-pink-ball-bouncers--ashes-second-test

Nov 28

Ben Stokes’ re-emergence at Canterbury only adds to English uncertainty | Vic Marks

Ben Stokes’s decision to head for New Zealand and play some one-day cricket would only be worth it in the highly unlikely event he is to play for England in the third Test at PerthAs General Bernard Montgomery once said – and I think rightly: “In my pr…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/28/ben-stokes-canterbury-new-zeland-england-third-test-perth-australia