The Investec Ashes 2013 July 23, 2013

Anderson says England ambitious for 5-0 revenge

He knows what being humiliated in the Ashes feels likes so James Anderson wants to show no mercy in this series to avenge the whitewash of 2006-07
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It has come to something when an England player is asked if he feels sympathy for an Australian opponent. But so relentless are the misfortunes afflicting the Australian team that one of the architects of their downfall, James Anderson, was asked just that.

On one hand it is understandable. Not only have the current Australian squad suffered poor results, they have seen their leading fast bowler withdraw through injury and the coach with whom they started the tour sacked and instigate legal action against their employer. And, all the time, it has become increasingly obvious they are confronted with a superior opponent. With eight more Tests looming between these teams before mid-January, there is a fear that things could turn ugly.

But, unsurprisingly, Anderson was pitiless. A member of the England side humiliated 5-0 in the Ashes series of 2006-07 - one of the lowest ebbs in England's Test history - Anderson has experienced the downside of a life in professional sport and knows that, if the boot was on the other foot, it would not stop kicking.

"I don't really feel any sympathy, to be honest," Anderson said. "Our job is to win games of cricket. We want to win the series 5-0 and we will be doing everything we can in each game to win.

"Memories like losing 5-0 have helped us since then. It's not a great place for a team to be, being on the end of one of those defeats, so everything we focus on is trying to win every game and hopefully if we keep doing that we will be in a good position at the end of the series."

The bad news for Australia is that Anderson feels that England are yet to play at their best. Their failure to finish off the Australian tail - 10th-wicket partnerships have currently accounted for nearly 30% of the runs Australia have scored in the series - and some fragility in England's top order - they were 28 for 3 and 30 for 3 in each innings at Lord's - should ensure there is no complacency and means several players go into the third Test with plenty to prove.

Anderson also insisted that, even if England went 3-0 or even 4-0 up over the next few weeks, he would resent being rested from an Ashes Test.

"We are happy with the cricket we are playing," Anderson said. "But there are improvements we can make. We were 30 for 3 in both innings at Lord's and we have not been perfect with the ball, either. Those 10th-wicket stands are a pain in the backside really and we want to end them.

"At the same time when we have been in tough positions we have been able to get out of them so that is positive and there have been some great individual performances as well. That is put to one side now. We have to concentrate on Old Trafford."

"Cricket is huge in the north of England and I hate Headingley so it is good to play a Test at Old Trafford."
James Anderson on going back to his home ground

Playing a Test at Old Trafford will be special for Anderson. He has only played three Tests on his home ground and was part of the delegation who lobbied for the club to be given planning permission despite a succession of challenges and is delighted to see Ashes cricket returned to Manchester.

"It will be lovely to play at Old Trafford," Anderson said. "It has been eight years since the ground had an Ashes Test so it is very exciting and I am looking forward to it.

"Cricket is huge in the north of England and I hate Headingley so it is good to play a Test at Old Trafford. There is so much history at the ground and it was in need of a lick of paint, so I think it is going to be an amazing atmosphere. It looks fantastic. There was a genuine threat to its future. If they didn't have the money they couldn't have afforded to do it up and it was looking a bit aged I guess."

Anderson, who was speaking at a Jaguar promotion day, is not convinced that the gap between the England and Australia teams is as big as some are suggesting. He admits that England have, at times, found it hard to gain breakthroughs with the ball, but they have retained their composure, stuck to their plans and, ultimately, won rewards for their efforts.

"We knew it was going to be difficult and we've found it hard at times, but we have always managed to stay calm," he said. "We have put a lot of pressure on them with the ball and that is all we can concentrate on. The rest is out of our hands. We just have to try to maintain the pressure we put them under.

"We've bowled very well and they have had partnerships in both games, but I think we've just stuck to our task really well. We've had good plans and executed them really well so far and not really let them get away from us and that is crucial to maintain going forward."

James Anderson was test driving the new Jaguar XFR-S. For more information visit www.jaguar.com

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • chitti_cricket on July 25, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Australia certainly doesn't need Anderson's sympathy. Thy are certainly not as bad as England 2006-7 series. All Asutralia need is a single test match that they can re-discover themselves. England remember one thing you are playing a depleted Aussies and you all know arund same time last year you were thawrted by SA from #1 position, You guys are not invincibles and you can be defeted if oposition plays well. There is no problem if you predict for yourself you will beat OZ 5-0, but no takes for it.

  • Hammond on July 25, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    electric_loco_WAP4- sorry mate, Patto's had it. You'll have to replace him with one of the back-up greatest bowlers in the world. :)

  • Mashable on July 25, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    England are doing reasonably well against the worst Aussies side to tour in 50 years. Makes one wonder how they would perfom against a half decent team. Who said they were the best bowlers in the world? Micky Arthur. lol

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 24, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge (post on July 24, 2013, 18:15 GMT): Ashley Giles "untested"? Really? He debuted no later than 1998... I think you've mixed quite a few series together there mate. Hey ho - results were all the same though eh!

  • gaurav_92 on July 24, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    3rd Test team: Warner Khawaja Watson Clarke Smith Hughes Haddin Siddle Harris Bird Lyon

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on July 24, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Anderson remembers too how depleted that team were from injuries to all their key assets that had defined them the in the 2005 Ashes: Trescothick and Vaughn - Massive loss. Simon Jones, Read and a then surging Panesar before being ditched for the untested Giles. The momentous decision to give Flintoff the captaincy, strike bowler and almost every position in the field bar the wicket keeper. Plus of course, Australia then were amazing, with not just Mcgrath, Warne and a then in form Ponting, but Symonds also came good. Now of course, after almost six long years of English dominance over Australia in the Ashes, it is one heck of another story. Anderson, his action now reverted back to how it was before it's ludicrous re-modelling, stands as the most skillful in the world, and the best only behind Steyn. The 'Swann will tear you apart' song heard so loudly at every recent Ashes proves to be so true for Australia. England, as is known to all, are so much better than Australia.

  • howdle on July 24, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Headingley is ugly, good history, but ugly. Hopefully that will change if the rugby stand end is redeveloped. The new pavilion apparently has appalling views of the wicket too, see Ponting's comments on the subject.

  • Harlequin. on July 24, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    @A.Ak - 'we were 30-3 in both innings at Lord's and we have not been perfect with the ball either' - that's Jimmy totally forgetting that England didn't do that well is it?

  • cric_J on July 24, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    As for Jimmy's dislike for Headingley , it could be because of the Yorks-Lancs rivalry just as many others have pointed out. It can also be attributed to the fact that it is probably the only major test venue in England where Jimmy hasn't quite been at his best ,as his stats would suggest. Or it could just be plain , simple dislike for the ground for no particular reason , which is BTW why Headingley is my least favourite test venue in England as well.

  • cric_J on July 24, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    @Edwards_Anderson : Nowhere in the article does Jimmy say that he expects the Aussies to "roll down". All he is saying is that the England side really wants to win this series 5-0 , given what happened in the 2006 Ashes and that they are going to try their best to do that. I see no harm in his saying that. Also , most of the England players have actually been saying that they expect Australia to "be tough" and "to bounce back".

    @Harshad K Tiwari : I totally agree with Jimmy and many others here that England have been far from their best in the first 2 tests , especially with the bat. The chunk of the batting lineup in Trott , Cook and KP hasn't quite put up a really big score yet and I expect them to do just that over the next 3 matches. Their bowling has been satisfactory though. But we are yet to see the best of Swanny (eventhough he got 9 wkts at Lord's) and Broady (who has bowled very well but has been a tad unlucky ).

  • chitti_cricket on July 25, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Australia certainly doesn't need Anderson's sympathy. Thy are certainly not as bad as England 2006-7 series. All Asutralia need is a single test match that they can re-discover themselves. England remember one thing you are playing a depleted Aussies and you all know arund same time last year you were thawrted by SA from #1 position, You guys are not invincibles and you can be defeted if oposition plays well. There is no problem if you predict for yourself you will beat OZ 5-0, but no takes for it.

  • Hammond on July 25, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    electric_loco_WAP4- sorry mate, Patto's had it. You'll have to replace him with one of the back-up greatest bowlers in the world. :)

  • Mashable on July 25, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    England are doing reasonably well against the worst Aussies side to tour in 50 years. Makes one wonder how they would perfom against a half decent team. Who said they were the best bowlers in the world? Micky Arthur. lol

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 24, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge (post on July 24, 2013, 18:15 GMT): Ashley Giles "untested"? Really? He debuted no later than 1998... I think you've mixed quite a few series together there mate. Hey ho - results were all the same though eh!

  • gaurav_92 on July 24, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    3rd Test team: Warner Khawaja Watson Clarke Smith Hughes Haddin Siddle Harris Bird Lyon

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on July 24, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Anderson remembers too how depleted that team were from injuries to all their key assets that had defined them the in the 2005 Ashes: Trescothick and Vaughn - Massive loss. Simon Jones, Read and a then surging Panesar before being ditched for the untested Giles. The momentous decision to give Flintoff the captaincy, strike bowler and almost every position in the field bar the wicket keeper. Plus of course, Australia then were amazing, with not just Mcgrath, Warne and a then in form Ponting, but Symonds also came good. Now of course, after almost six long years of English dominance over Australia in the Ashes, it is one heck of another story. Anderson, his action now reverted back to how it was before it's ludicrous re-modelling, stands as the most skillful in the world, and the best only behind Steyn. The 'Swann will tear you apart' song heard so loudly at every recent Ashes proves to be so true for Australia. England, as is known to all, are so much better than Australia.

  • howdle on July 24, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Headingley is ugly, good history, but ugly. Hopefully that will change if the rugby stand end is redeveloped. The new pavilion apparently has appalling views of the wicket too, see Ponting's comments on the subject.

  • Harlequin. on July 24, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    @A.Ak - 'we were 30-3 in both innings at Lord's and we have not been perfect with the ball either' - that's Jimmy totally forgetting that England didn't do that well is it?

  • cric_J on July 24, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    As for Jimmy's dislike for Headingley , it could be because of the Yorks-Lancs rivalry just as many others have pointed out. It can also be attributed to the fact that it is probably the only major test venue in England where Jimmy hasn't quite been at his best ,as his stats would suggest. Or it could just be plain , simple dislike for the ground for no particular reason , which is BTW why Headingley is my least favourite test venue in England as well.

  • cric_J on July 24, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    @Edwards_Anderson : Nowhere in the article does Jimmy say that he expects the Aussies to "roll down". All he is saying is that the England side really wants to win this series 5-0 , given what happened in the 2006 Ashes and that they are going to try their best to do that. I see no harm in his saying that. Also , most of the England players have actually been saying that they expect Australia to "be tough" and "to bounce back".

    @Harshad K Tiwari : I totally agree with Jimmy and many others here that England have been far from their best in the first 2 tests , especially with the bat. The chunk of the batting lineup in Trott , Cook and KP hasn't quite put up a really big score yet and I expect them to do just that over the next 3 matches. Their bowling has been satisfactory though. But we are yet to see the best of Swanny (eventhough he got 9 wkts at Lord's) and Broady (who has bowled very well but has been a tad unlucky ).

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 24, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    The world's best bowlers P Siddle and J Pattinson close will be a learning exp. for him and his co Eng bowlers .Afterall Patto and Sids are lethal in all pitches and conditions ,even on flat pitches and old ball,why they are the best pace attack in world with the very talented young Starc and the world's fastest M Jonson who's been unstoppable recently regularly touching 95mph.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 24, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Fantastic news for England is that Warner is doing well now. He will no doubt be rushed back into the Aus. Ashes team, and that's another certain easy wicket for Jimmy Anderson et al. in next game!

  • on July 24, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Well if Anderson thinks England is not playing to full potential he is wrong, they have been at the peak form for last few years, Cook, Trott, Bell and Kevin Pieterson scoring heavily. So watch out England for the Law of Averages to catch up and help Aussies bounce back.

  • on July 24, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    @Edwards_Anderson Where does Jimmy say that he thinks Australia will roll over?

  • MichealT on July 24, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    I think England can assemble a better bowling team than this one. I feel they need to exploit Aussies spin weaknesses and bring in Monty Panesar. Being a Pak supporter I feel Monty is much more dangerous than even Swann and having two world class spinners in the side can be good for Anderson workload. But still England is much stronger in batting and could finish off Australlia easily. Just imagine their best batsman Cook and Peterson are yet to start firing.

  • Edwards_Anderson on July 24, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    I respect Anderson and i think he is one of the best fast bowlers in the world but if he thinks our boys will just roll down to give a 5-0 series he is greatly mistaken, watch out for our boys to fire in Manchester, Khawaja, Clarke and Smith will fire in the batting and Bird will come into the bowling and make his mark along with Siddle and Rhino. Lyon will also finally get his chance.

  • DeckChairand6pack on July 24, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    @mixters they completely destroyed us that day and had quite a few good days with the bat. If memory serves correctly, it was Clarke and Hussey that did most of the damage. And Hussey is now gone and I don't think anyone else did anything noteworthy. They still couldn't get over the line and win a match, even though they probably deserved to. Still, it shows how quickly fortunes change and serves as a reminder to treat victory and defeat in similar ways.

  • A.Ak on July 24, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    He totally forgot that England didnt do that well either. Its Aus who played very badly. If it wasnt Ian Bell, England would have been fighting for their survival like they did in the first test.

  • 2.14istherunrate on July 24, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    England need to start catching better-some of it was poor at Lords. Obviously some heavy scoring action needs to take place. Mostly our bowling has been good though. Returning to Old Trafford should be excellent for the side though-such an atmospheric place. I am interested to read Jimmy's comments on Headingley which is not his favourite bowling place. They have better architects though! which I know most Lankies would not agree with-that is just a southerner's view on it.

  • CricketingStargazer on July 24, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    I suspect that, having been reminded about once a day by Australian fans that no number of wins against them for however many series can ever compensate that 5-0 defeat, there is a logical desire to get some revenge. Of course, it is only 2-0 and there is a ong way to go. The first aim is to make it 3-0 and win the series. Then you can start to think about a personal agenda.

    However, even if England were to win 5-0, which means everything going right and Australia continuing to be as incompetant as they have been for the last 6 Tests (a big ask), I suspect that we will still hear about how that 5-0 in 2006-07 shows the natural level of the sides... although maybe it will be just once or twice a week.

    To win 5-0 you have to imagine Australia losing 9 Tests in a row. Is that really a plausible scenario?

  • H_Z_O on July 24, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    @Mitty2 I think it means more in the sense of an "exposed" wound. As in they were known, but England have cut them open once again.

    But I agree with Landl47 that maybe "exploited" would have been a better word. Or even "laid bare". Again, based on the premise that it was a known weakness, but a weakness that was, let's be honest, considered by a few Aussies after the warm-up games to be a thing of the past, blamed on Arthur etc. Not saying Lehmann isn't an excellent coach, or that he isn't doing a far better job than Arthur, only that people, myself included, did maybe get carried away with the impact his appointment could have in such a short space of time.

    I also agree that the thing that must gall you the most is that England didn't really play all that well at Lord's, and haven't played particularly well all series. Australia were arguably the better side at Trent Bridge (Bell and Anderson aside), while the Lord's procession in the first innings was just schoolboy cricket.

  • thebarmyarmy on July 24, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Win the next test in Manchester and England would have won the last 5 tests against Australia.

  • YorkshirePudding on July 24, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    CricInfo why has the headline changed? Previously it was anderson feels empathy, not it reads Andeson say england ambitious for 5-0 white washe.

    When he says no such thing during the interview. What he does say is that England want to win every game they play, which is a totally different thing, and I would be surpised if England didnt want to win every game like 99% of teams who play competative sport.

  • YorkshirePudding on July 24, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Ive read a few county reports this season on Lancashire games at OT especially the state of the pitch since it was turned, and mostly with those wickets on the outer part of the square and spin was a big factor as the wicket was still settling down.

    Have any county games been played on the inner part of the wicket near where the test wicket is likley to be?

    The aussies will probably have to play Lyon dropping Agar, especially with Smith as a capable spinner, England will probably go for the same team as lords, with KP out injured then James Taylor comes in, probably with Bell moving to 4 and Taylor at 5.

    I suspect the aussies might sneak this game.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on July 24, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    The writer needs to know that pattinson is not aus's leading fast bowler, he is a good talent, but he is nothing in front of harris and starc

  • landl47 on July 24, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Since Jimmy was not only part of the team which was thrashed 5-0 by Australia in 2006/7, but he personally (after being drafted in having played very little cricket due to injury) took 5-413 in the series, it's hardly surprising that he doesn't feel inclined to ease back out of sympathy for the Aussies. When you're on top, stay on top for as long as you can.

    @lmaotsetung: I don't think there's a chance England will bring in Monty. They have Joe Root, the wonder spinner- 3-15 in the series including Aus's #3 twice and Clarke. He bats a bit better than Monty, too.

    @Gautam: Jimmy comes from Lancashire and Headingly is in Yorkshire, traditional rivals. Mind you, he might just not like the ground.

    @Mitty2: perhaps 'exploited' would have been a better word. As you say, Aus's weakness was pretty well known. Jimmy has made himself into a very fine bowler. However, the real difference between the sides is that Swann has 13 wickets @22 and Agar has 2 @ 124. And it turns at Old Trafford.

  • YorkshirePudding on July 24, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    @Gautam N. Shenoy, it could be the old Yorks-Lancs rivalry talking, and I largely suspect it was a tongue in cheek comment. However if could also be that he just doesnt like the ground, which offers its own interesting quirks.

  • Iddo555 on July 24, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    @Lmaotsetung England don't play two spinners anywhere outside of the subcontinent so Monty won't be in with a chance of playing unless Swann is injured. Even then he might have a fight on his hands with Kerrigan who is doing well this year.

    @Guatam Anderson was probably being sarcastic as Headingley is the home of Yorkshire who have a big rivalry with Lancashire, Jimmy Anderson's home team. It's called the roses battle. Red rose of Lancashire and white rose of Yorkshire.

    Wouldn't expect Anderson to feel pity, there was no pity from the Aussie side in 2007. They wanted to win and win big, they wanted to crush England into the dirt and with a 5-0 scoreline, they did

  • Clive_Dunn on July 24, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    @Gautam - I'd guess he hates it due to averaging 50 runs per wicket with a strike rate of over 100. That and he's a Lancashire lad, so the locals warbling "Yerkshire, Yerkshire" every 30 seconds won't help.

  • mixters on July 24, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    This is the same Australian team that took South Africa for 450 runs in a day. How quick things can turn around in just a year amazing.

  • Mitty2 on July 24, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    Anderson calm as usual, practical and honest. I think Patto could take a few tricks in giving interviews, his "vengeance" idea as much as I hate to say it is incredibly comical (even more so now).

    But in the caption, it says that "James Anderson and England's attack have exposed the Australian weaknesses in the first two Tests", is that true? Weren't they exposed long ago? Wouldn't you say scoring above 300 just once in India would constitute being "exposed"? Don't know exactly how we're using the word, but when our batting has been so dismal for so long and our weaknesses against anything moving off the straight being known universally, I doubt that Eng have come up with anything new. In fact, we were that bad at Lords that Eng didn't once (maybe Swann in the second innings) even have to lift from second gear.

  • on July 24, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    So why does Anderson say he "hates Headingley"? Someone help me with that please?

  • Lmaotsetung on July 23, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    If KP can't play I'd move Bresnan up to #7 and draft in Monty. I think Monty has had a 5 fer everytime he's played there for Eng. Yes they've turned the pitch around but judging by Kerrigan's success there no reason why Monty can continue to have the same success.

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  • Lmaotsetung on July 23, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    If KP can't play I'd move Bresnan up to #7 and draft in Monty. I think Monty has had a 5 fer everytime he's played there for Eng. Yes they've turned the pitch around but judging by Kerrigan's success there no reason why Monty can continue to have the same success.

  • on July 24, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    So why does Anderson say he "hates Headingley"? Someone help me with that please?

  • Mitty2 on July 24, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    Anderson calm as usual, practical and honest. I think Patto could take a few tricks in giving interviews, his "vengeance" idea as much as I hate to say it is incredibly comical (even more so now).

    But in the caption, it says that "James Anderson and England's attack have exposed the Australian weaknesses in the first two Tests", is that true? Weren't they exposed long ago? Wouldn't you say scoring above 300 just once in India would constitute being "exposed"? Don't know exactly how we're using the word, but when our batting has been so dismal for so long and our weaknesses against anything moving off the straight being known universally, I doubt that Eng have come up with anything new. In fact, we were that bad at Lords that Eng didn't once (maybe Swann in the second innings) even have to lift from second gear.

  • mixters on July 24, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    This is the same Australian team that took South Africa for 450 runs in a day. How quick things can turn around in just a year amazing.

  • Clive_Dunn on July 24, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    @Gautam - I'd guess he hates it due to averaging 50 runs per wicket with a strike rate of over 100. That and he's a Lancashire lad, so the locals warbling "Yerkshire, Yerkshire" every 30 seconds won't help.

  • Iddo555 on July 24, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    @Lmaotsetung England don't play two spinners anywhere outside of the subcontinent so Monty won't be in with a chance of playing unless Swann is injured. Even then he might have a fight on his hands with Kerrigan who is doing well this year.

    @Guatam Anderson was probably being sarcastic as Headingley is the home of Yorkshire who have a big rivalry with Lancashire, Jimmy Anderson's home team. It's called the roses battle. Red rose of Lancashire and white rose of Yorkshire.

    Wouldn't expect Anderson to feel pity, there was no pity from the Aussie side in 2007. They wanted to win and win big, they wanted to crush England into the dirt and with a 5-0 scoreline, they did

  • YorkshirePudding on July 24, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    @Gautam N. Shenoy, it could be the old Yorks-Lancs rivalry talking, and I largely suspect it was a tongue in cheek comment. However if could also be that he just doesnt like the ground, which offers its own interesting quirks.

  • landl47 on July 24, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Since Jimmy was not only part of the team which was thrashed 5-0 by Australia in 2006/7, but he personally (after being drafted in having played very little cricket due to injury) took 5-413 in the series, it's hardly surprising that he doesn't feel inclined to ease back out of sympathy for the Aussies. When you're on top, stay on top for as long as you can.

    @lmaotsetung: I don't think there's a chance England will bring in Monty. They have Joe Root, the wonder spinner- 3-15 in the series including Aus's #3 twice and Clarke. He bats a bit better than Monty, too.

    @Gautam: Jimmy comes from Lancashire and Headingly is in Yorkshire, traditional rivals. Mind you, he might just not like the ground.

    @Mitty2: perhaps 'exploited' would have been a better word. As you say, Aus's weakness was pretty well known. Jimmy has made himself into a very fine bowler. However, the real difference between the sides is that Swann has 13 wickets @22 and Agar has 2 @ 124. And it turns at Old Trafford.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on July 24, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    The writer needs to know that pattinson is not aus's leading fast bowler, he is a good talent, but he is nothing in front of harris and starc

  • YorkshirePudding on July 24, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Ive read a few county reports this season on Lancashire games at OT especially the state of the pitch since it was turned, and mostly with those wickets on the outer part of the square and spin was a big factor as the wicket was still settling down.

    Have any county games been played on the inner part of the wicket near where the test wicket is likley to be?

    The aussies will probably have to play Lyon dropping Agar, especially with Smith as a capable spinner, England will probably go for the same team as lords, with KP out injured then James Taylor comes in, probably with Bell moving to 4 and Taylor at 5.

    I suspect the aussies might sneak this game.