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Ryan Harris: The morning session will be crucial

Ryan Harris explains how the morning session on the 2nd Day of the 2nd Test will be crucial after a brave comeback from Australia left the Test finely poised

July 18, 2013

Posted by milepost on (July 19, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

Pretty fair assessment by Harris. Wickets this morning with the new ball. We do have a night watchmen in though which was a bit odd by England.

Posted by izzidole on (July 19, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

No doubt the morning session on the second will be very crucial to both sides. England will try to stretch their lead as much as possible beyond 350 while Australia will do their best to wrap up the innings as quickly as possible. Australia will need to bowl well and try to get quick wickets and put England on the back foot. They will have to dismiss Bresnan and Broad quickly before they settle down. Australia will depend on Ryan Harris for a quick breakthrough while Pattinson, Siddle and Watson will have to bowl very well without leaking too many runs like at the start of the England innings after they crashed to 3 for 28. Australia should try to bat through as long as possible making England field in the gruelling heat knocking them out of the match as well as the series. However they would need to get a lead of atleast 150 runs on the first innings to have a good chance of winning the match. I reckon this game will decide the outcome of the ashes.

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