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Ashes 4th Test Tips and Preview - Can Australia level the series at Trent Bridge?

Rippa Staff 4 Aug 2015
  • Australia trail 2-1 heading into the fourth test
  • Michael Clarke's side must avoid defeat to keep the series alive
  • England need one win to regain the Ashes
Will Australia be celebrating yet again in the fourth Ashes Test?

Australia will look to keep the Ashes series alive when they take on England in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, from Thursday, August 6. 

The hosts have a 2-1 lead in the ongoing Ashes series after three Tests following their victory inside three days at Edgbaston.

Alastair Cook’s men had started with a comprehensive win at Cardiff before they were beaten by Australia in even more emphatic fashion at Lord’s. In the last game at Edgbaston, England returned to winning ways on a surface that must have had their skipper’s approval.

Cook had bemoaned the lack of grass on the pitches in the first couple of Test matches and how it made it easy for the team batting first to go on to win the contests. 

His sentiments were echoed by former England skipper Nasser Hussain as well who claimed that England were not using their home advantage in the series and producing wickets which made things easier for the touring party.

Michael Clarke won the toss for Australia and chose to bat first. However, the wicket had more than a hint of grass and the weather was cloudy with play delayed by an hour on the first day due to rain. 

James Anderson engineered a collapse of epic proportions as Australia were dismissed for 136 runs with six wickets to his name and he had help from Stuart Broad and Steve Finn.

England posted 281 runs in their first innings at a rather brisk pace with Ian Bell (now back in his familiar position at number 3), Joe Root, and Moeen Ali doing the bulk of the scoring. All three men posted fifties while Cook and Broad also made meaningful contributions.

In the second innings, it was Finn’s turn to make the visitors struggle. After Broad had got rid of Chris Rogers, Finn ran through Steve Smith, Clarke, Adam Voges, and Mitchell Marsh in a brilliant spell of seam bowling. 

Other than David Warner who top scored with 77 runs, Peter Nevill and Mitchell Starc scored fifties to help Australia avoid an embarrassing loss.

With 121 runs to chase for the victory on the third afternoon of the Test match, Bell and Root produced sublime performances with the bat to take the hosts across the line.

Although they had won the last Test match and lead the series, Adam Lyth’s future as England’s opener will be under scrutiny ahead of the fourth Test. 

While there are those who would prefer to stick with a man who scored a century in the last series against New Zealand, Lyth needs to prove that he deserves his place in the team for starters. 

Australia are expected to go in with an unchanged side from the last game unless there are last minute injuries.



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